Dubious dawdling and dilly dallies
What Number Are You?
Doc Searls posted a link to a dissenting voice in the discussion of blogs and emergent democracy. Richard Bennet posts the follwing:
Return To Sender
From My First Issue of The EFFector
Anyone paying attention has undoubtedly noticed the number of entries on this site is steadily climbing. I seem to be within what Ernie the Attorney calls the third (of three) stages of blog-awareness.
Old News Flash
.Mac Goes Wireless?
"Do you really want to Question, Challenge, Piss-off, Fuck with, or otherwise Bother, a forty-eight year old man who takes his Stuffed Animal, "Power Doggie" everywhere he goes..."
And on that note I have something to share with you:
I have been thinking about one of the questions that was posed to the panel last night: will the enthusiasm for blogs suffer the same fate as the enthusiasm for the personal web page?
Doubt it, although maybe that's naive of me. I am a newcomer so it's easy for me to believe that this is the technology that will finally change the world.
But, consider the dynamic nature of a blog. How many personal websites get updated multiple times a day? Or everyday? Or every couple of days? I have lost sight of a geocities page I set up years ago. It's still out there I'm sure but it has not been altered since its date of inception.
Also, personal websites seem to be inwardly focused, concentrating on aspects of a persons life that, quite often, are not relevant or interesting to an anonymous audience. Pics of a 5 year olds birthday party or a trip to an amusement park. A list of favorite movies. A resume and portfolio. These all likely generate little interest for the bulk of the population.
Blogs, in my limited experience with them, seem outwardly focused. The ones that I enjoy the most seem to operate in a spirit of sharing, of pointing out some of the strange, amusing or provocative niches one can so often view on the internet but so rarely find independently. They reflect a personal interest but seem motivated by the idea that others may share that interest. And when you're talking about the entire scope of the internet, finding a like-minded audience who will enjoy and appreciate the content/information/material in your blog is far more likely than finding someone who will check in daily with your personal web page.
We'll see how it all shakes out.
So, on remarkably short notice and with absurdly incomplete directions I made my way up to
in LA to attend "Live from the Blogosphere" - an open discussion on the development and current state of blogs and what their roles may be in the future of media.
Why do you blog? How do your behaviors change once you have tasted the awesome power that is blogging? Are there any rules for blogging? What can be done to make blogging better? Blogger's founder Evan Williams displayed a potential new trick/treat that would allow one to call into a central location, type in a password and leave an audio post. It was swell, albeit "experimental."
I stood next to him briefly.
I passed up the opportunity for conversation though since my knowledge of the blogging phenomenon would put me squarely within the ranks of the bandwagoner or the groupie. (You do know all the stuff I link to comes from Boing Boing right?)
Oh, and Evan's company, Pyra Labs, was just bought by Google. That seems huge.
If Google is able to provide an effective search of the world's weblogs then people will have reliable access to unfiltered, yet still relevant, information on a scale and with an immediacy that I have trouble grasping. Talk about democratization of the media. It's enough to give you hope for America.
Well, that and your Mickey Mouse gas mask.
Oh, and for those of you bewildered souls who head to Chinatown in LA to find Chung King Road, well, good luck and godspeed. I drove in circles for a half hour before I found someone who knew what I was talking about and where it was. Not one person, out of the five that I asked, thought I would need to know that it's not a road at all! It's this little pedestrian thoroughfare with galleries and stuff.
How the fuck was I supposed to know that?
Here's how the panel looked from my point of view.
And make sure you visit the reverse cowgirl's blog because the woman who runs it is always posting dirty pictures. She is also 13 feet tall.
Kitty Bukkake wins for most intriguing audience member. I didn't realize that "bukkake" and "shy" could peacefully coexist in the same sentence.
Yes, the blog bandwagoner gets to hand out audience awards. Shut up.
Hopefully I'll erode some of that title with the sheer monstrous force that is this marathon post. I'll keep at it though.
So sometimes I think of potential band names. It just happens... here are the latest:
So there was a young kid who worked at an Apple Store in North carolina that got torn up (i.e fired) for having screen captures of internal Apple software stored on his personal web server.
"...but it remains a central truth that democratic politics requires a democratization of information sources and a more democratic media."
For you Star Wars fans, Bill Hunt over at The Digital Bits has posted a passionate, albeit unfortunate, announcement regarding the original versions of the film on DVD.
Oh yes...let me state for the record that I am an idiot. A luddite. A prehistoric boob of monumental proportions.
As you may or may not know, I work for Apple Computer....in a retail store. We make a lot of noise about the digital hub and digital photos and look how fast and look how easy...
So I was watching CSI: Miami last night (I am a CSI/Law & Order addict) and I am forced to wonder: why are graphic images of violence more acceptable than sexual images?