Tom Moody
Since 2002
Works in New York, New York United States of America

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Caitlyn Jenner and the Facebook Real Name Policy


Mid-'00s blogs were an improvement on lists, in that authors could illustrate stories using directly embedded images and media files, and host real-time comments that then became an easily searchable public record. The so-called blogosphere (which still exists but I find myself pitifully pining for) allowed a certain type of nerdy amateur expert to flourish, free of the clueless editorial guidance that often comes with the for-profit model. Gat's essay jumps straight from the print era to "apps" without considering those "logistically separate publishing platforms," one of which is Rhizome.

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Caitlyn Jenner and the Facebook Real Name Policy


Logistically separate publishing platforms" are absolutely the way to go, especially for artists, non-profits, and other content providers that aren't dependent on selling editorial wares. Herrman's articles in The Awl seem aimed mostly at the future of content-providing for profit. So diverse media outlets all start to look the same because they are grabbing eyeballs in Facebook and Twitter feeds. The idea of "clickbait" shifts from attracting attention via search engine keywords to attracting attention in timelines where hundreds of other providers are embedded. This shouldn't apply to sites that rely on donor-dollars and/or offer some kind of detached perspective on that deranged, shoehorned environment.

Just curious (but not curious to sign up for Facebook), is Rhizome embedding stories there? That might explain this essay centered on a popular sports figure whose gender change everyone in the world felt they needed to "weigh in on" over the last few weeks. You have your own editorial slant on this tabloid-y fare (Facebook "real name" policy vs identity choice) but it seems like concern trolling if you aren't actually on Facebook. What's your stake in this? Couldn't you suggest that Rhizome readers follow your example and seek logistically separate publishing platforms (besides Ello)? Domains aren't so hard to come by.

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Bodies on the Line


Michael, you wrote above that: "A more nuanced troll would have forced us to confront contradictions in our own position, making it difficult to make any statement at all. The lines drawn by Ripps' project are just a little too clear; we have little doubt about our own position, and binary opposition seems like the only possible result."
Don't you think it's relevant to mention that Ace Hotel, the site of Ripps' project, is a sponsor of Rhizome? You will never be forced to confront your own contradictions if you don't mention them.

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Caitlyn Jenner and the Facebook Real Name Policy


Michael, have you considered shutting down Rhizome's public editorial presence and moving it to Facebook? You acknowledge Facebook's "continued role as something like a public international utility." It seems that most Rhizome readers have moved their art discussions and social lives to this utility. The internet is no longer a diverse rhizomatic web but rather a centrally controlled authority that imitates rhizomatic diversity. You should be on the inside of that, agitating for change, rather than complaining from the outside where no one can "like" you (and those likes can't be counted to prove the strength of your ideas). Of course, Facebook is a business, and you would have to be careful about posts that support rival businesses, such as the ones that hire buses to move mock-protestors to anti-Facebook astroturfing operations.
Best, Tom

DISCUSSION

Bodies on the Line


Not the discussions -- the threat. You can probably research that.