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

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Damon,
"fragile," as in, many dead links?

It's funny/sad to see what happened to some of those (e.g., netomat).

Looking back at my own blog posts about "net art" ca. 2001 bounded media objects were what grabbed me. See, e.g., a post on Michael Ensdorf's piece "Momentary Distractions" http://www.digitalmediatree.com/artifax/?4140
It has vanished so I'll try to describe it:

Grids of quicktimes fill the screen. Each QT is a shot of an individual in a crowd or street scene (or an unknown official at a public podium) at the moment that person notices he or she is being filmed (hence their momentary distraction from whatever they are doing). There were about ten people caught this way, one person per page. The grid on each page was multiple repetitions of the same shot of the person noticing the camera but with slightly different start times so there was a kind of ripple down the page. It would have fit right in with your second group, minus the cheeky humor of most of those. The only thing connecting it to your first group was that it was hosted on a university site rather than linked to by a blog. The vids loaded quickly. As I recall they could play on different video formats.

It seems to me everything was from media sources so it was arranged found footage.

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Jeff,
I propose we have cognitive surplus credits.
You can trade comments you have posted elsewhere in English for three of these YouTubes.
High-fiving Tracky results in a loss of one YouTube credit.

Not really, but Clay Shirky has convinced me we need to start taking our surplus more seriously.

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Damon, sorry, you lost me.
What are some highly 'fragile' and [technologically] complex situations?
And why are they different from more autonomous and portable 'bounded media objects' (youtube embeds, etc...)?
This sounds interesting but examples would help us visualizationally challenged folks.

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I think the test should be something like the old Hustler "peter meter" for rating pr0n (or its female equivalent--need some help here). The higher the biological rating the more like 4chan it is. You are playing with bandwidth fire when you cross over to that industry (as you apparently found out). I've spent several years avoiding links from those sites while trying to be as "free as I want to be."

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Vijay,
Addressing some of your comments above,
My blog circa 2004 or so was not the Lialina fixed home page of 1997 but neither was it the Facebook fill out the index card of 2008.
It was a very dynamic social environment running on independent software (Digital Media Tree and its small but dedicated community of users), which gradually built up its own community from the broader web.
It was possible to drop all kinds of art into that context.
Comments and my energy to moderate them were a critical part of it.
Since 2007 I've taken a break from the awesome and draining responsibility of comments and have moved into the relative anonymity of the Word Press/Dreamhost environment for my own personal soapbox. RSS and all the search bots keep my thoughts and "memes," such as they are, circulating within the larger web melee.
I have been dabbling with Twitter for a smaller community of random art weirdness.
Just vomiting up some alternatives to the 2.0 "alternatives" here.