I just glanced briefly through this report. Was hoping to find something
regarding the evolution of actual webcontent but that doesn't appear to be
what this study was about. It looks like it was merely about updated
content. However it would be more interesting to see a study about the
evolution of actual content and even better to see whether the type of work
that netartists do appears to have any impact on general website content or
whether we're just following the trends set by corporate website content. In
other words, whether we are mere 'Dedicated followers of fashion' or actual
ground-breaking trend-setters. But then again, when has Microsoft ever shown
an interest in anything 'new' or 'original'?
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From: "D. Jean Hester" <firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Friday, August 29, 2003 5:31 PM
Subject: RHIZOME_RAW: A Large Scale Study of the Evolution of Web Pages
> "Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard researchers collaborated to write this
> for the Twelfth International World Wide Web Conference in May 2003. The
> paper looks at the Web as a dynamic entity, constantly changing, and
> considers how this behavior affects its usability. In particular, search
> engines are noted as being especially susceptible since they cannot
> have records of the most current version of every Web page. To measure the
> rate and amount of change, the researchers "collected 151 million web
> eleven times over, retaining salient information including a feature
> of each page." Their results show which Web page parameters are strong
> indicators of future change. "
> -- D. Jean Hester
> Interviewer: "Must an artist be a programmer to make truly original online
> John Simon: "Truly original? You Modernist! Whether you make art or not,
> understanding programming is an amazing understanding."
> from "Code as Creative Writing: An Interview with John Simon"
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