Tom Moody
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When you go surfclubbin', don't forget your hat.


Re: blogs as "just filling out a form," white space imitating the printed page, etc

We are talking about defaults--a premise of the defaults "movement" is you use the technology that's there. Search engines will find your words. A blog is "good enough" for communication. (Certainly better than email, fixed pages that have to be hand coded--who has time for that when most practice is slipped into the cracks of office work?--and, I would say, WIKIs where changes are hard to follow.)

This idea that every utterance on the web is supposed to be an original moment that bends space, time, and mammalian communication is, as Damon Zucconi said above, a utopian assumption or illusion ("that surrounds the structure of communications online: sovereignty, decentralization, non-hierarchical and what-have-you").

The people arguing against blogs or group blogs on this page have a tendency to make blog users sound like sheep when in fact many know what they are doing and why.

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When you go surfclubbin', don't forget your hat.


of course reblogging is decontextualizing
it is ONLY decontextualizing nothing else


it is recontextualizing it with whatever surrounds it in the blog, plus what you say about it via captioning or commentary.
Saying a blog is "like all the other blogs" because it's a blog is like saying a book is "like all other books" because it's a book. It's just a convention, it works well for some people.

Linear plus hyperlinks is not the same as linear.

Vijay, I'm continuing to enjoy your reports from the other cyberspace:

Also pledging allegiance to surfclubs, or anything, is exactly what gets a body /facepalmed and b&.
If there is some kind of untelevized revolution going on there, maybe it's the fact that nobody gives a fuck about their medium. Yesterday this kind of behavior was shared in IRC / DC++ / P2P chatrooms, then it was danboorus, then chans / rapidshit forums, and who knows what next. The mods gave 7chan cancer and 4chan diabetes (until some slick Web 2.0 shmuck came along and resurrected 4chan into an effete reflection of its former self). Everyone agreed. Time to move on.


In worrying about the surfclubs and how they are displacing his own movement, T.Whid is thinking in ten year cycles--what you are describing here is happening in days, I think.

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When you go surfclubbin', don't forget your hat.


As for the complaints about blogs being linear--you can hyperlink anywhere. Having a linear thread as opposed to these Rhizome messes where people respond to comments upthread is just a concession to manners and coherency, not a conspiracy by code-ignorant defaults-lovers.
I participated in a ListServ vs Blogs debate on empyre a while back. Uggh. I hate ListServs with emails that fill up my inbox and have to be flushed. Many people from empyre came over to my blog and we had a fun email-less conversation. (This is when I still had comments.)
I don't think comments need to be little works of art with user-customizable html. This is just plumbing. The straighter and cleaner the better.
I am very bullish on Nasty Nets and my posts there. I appreciated the sustained critical attention that Marcin Ramocki paid to those efforts and don't care too much for flip comments by people who are only surfing the surfers.
The members of these "clubs" are serious artists in their own right, and should be accorded respect.

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Announcing: Net Aesthetics 2.0 Webcast


Thanks again, billy. I should add that there was indeed a full house, and people seemed to be having a good time, although there was some attrition, and notable sighs and groans during T.Whid's presentation. (I figure if he can make shit up about audience response I can too.)

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Announcing: Net Aesthetics 2.0 Webcast


The transcript says who was talking and when.
As for content:

"There is no basement in the New Museum or the Alamo" (Pee Wee Herman reference)
"Why did all these people leave the room?/They [panelists? audience?] suck./Not enough LOLCats" (there was attrition of the audience during the panel)
"This is just as awkward as being there for real" (funny)
"I've joined a bunch of online communities but never like 'the' surf clubs that get promo'ed so much now."
"Surf clubs are more of a fun thing, easier to look at than someone's personal blog which is more serious."
"I don't know - my blog has completely become like a solo surf club." (funny)
Guthrie attempts to describe a mock panel discussion that Damon (one of the panelists) said his school did. No one is listening, so he bails.
Rhizome-1 never revealed her identity.

I could keep going--as a panelist I found this meta level interesting.