Tom Moody
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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.

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


Ooh, you guys are so cutting.
Hey, Vijay,
Maybe you would like to reconsider this statement:

"What I love about discussion on Rhizome -- or at least the direction that I perceive that it's going -- is that it's one of the few critical spaces where people recognize technologies as (en|dis)abling certain strategies for the artist, and not as the strategies or value-expressions themselves"

in light of some of these epithets/insults? (hipsters, teenage goth nerds, self promotion, graffiti/mail art, "duh what's a surf club?" etc)

It's kind of an interesting dynamic that the art Lauren, Ed, Marisa, and Ceci have been championing on the Rhizome front pages has this Greek chorus (peanut gallery?) of angry old-timers on the Rhizome back pages. Or maybe not so interesting.

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Announcing: Net Aesthetics 2.0 Webcast


Thanks, billy. I missed the feed so this was appreciated.
I gotta say the enthusiasm of this bunch who cared enough to watch the feed--random as it is--is a nice antidote to the bile on some of the other threads.
It was a fun night, and I was honored to be at the "PC table."