Thursday, June 06, 2002
Thursday, April 18, 2002
The sidebar is a point-counterpoint between Dave Winer of userland.com and Martin Nisenholtz of NYT Digital. Meanwhile,
Andrew Sullivan, who has written for The New Republic and The New York Times, says blogging is "a publishing revolution more profound than anything since the printing press. Blogger could be to words what Napster was to music - except this time, it'll really work."
Sunday, March 31, 2002
This weblog interpersonal hypertextuality just keeps going... Scott Johnson fell into one of my browser windows today and the name rang a bell.
It only took a few clicks to get to his log -- which confirms that he's the guy I met when I was writing about hypertext in 1987. That was before many people could spell it! Small world made of bits, isn't it?
Thursday, March 28, 2002
Saturday, March 23, 2002
The Washington Post is not a television station, but its Tom Kennedy won this year's NPA award for video photojournalism, "broadcasting" on the paper's Web site.
Saturday, February 23, 2002
Friday, February 15, 2002
My friend Thomas just sent me something about http://meathats.com, which got me wondering whether anyone is doing sushi hats... But I'm not going to spend some of my insomniac hours looking.
Instead I wrote Thomas this note about a couple of other sites, and decided it's worth sharing here:
Speaking of online humor, have your students FARKed? Or caught the FARK vs. SomethingAwful rivalry?
That's http://fark.com and http://somethingawful.com
In addition to the bloggish (http://boblog.blogspot.com/, http://stepno.manilasites.com, http://pages.emerson.edu/faculty/bob_stepno/weblog) site-sharing at fark, the virtual community of visual lampoon, satire and tastelessness at fark can be a hoot. On the other hand, I think somethingawful.com tries too hard to live up to its name and gets too ugly.
To see what I mean at fark, pop open the home page in a windoid next to this one... notice the column of thin, half-inch-wide banner icons that say things like "amusing," "cool," "stupid" and "boobies"? Scan down until you find one of those that says "Photoshop" -- with a text field next to it that says something like "Photoshop this Brazilian carnival succubus (hard)," and a number in the right column, like f'rinstance "133"
That means that someone has suggested an image to be hacked with Photoshop, and that 133 people have either hacked it and posted the hack, or posted a comment on the hack.
I haven't looked at "Photoshop this Brazilian carnival succubus (hard)" yet--not only because I'm afraid "hard" means "terribly disgusting," but because I'm on my modem connection at the moment, and one document with 133 images will grind my iBook to a halt.
The real "communal CMC visual speech deconstructionist academic researcher" in me might find something conference-paperish to say about the self-referential (in-joke) dialogue going on among fark users -- in that an element from a particularly amusing farked photo from last month will reappear being farked into a new photo this week, etc. (A pretty girl in a purple wig and a Diamondbacks T-shirt holding up a sign was one... Osama and his gang in front of a cave was another.)
Sunday, February 10, 2002
Saturday, February 09, 2002
Whenever I have enough bandwidth, I try to catch up on what Keith is doing... not to be confused with catching up with Keith. This week it's a fisheye lens. He sent my my 12/31/99 to 01/01/00 "Happy new year" greeting from a party in Hong Kong, using his first wireless Palm Pilot... which is what finally got me to buy a PDA.
My thumb is about as green as... well, I can't think of anything not-green enough. However, I stumbled on Gardenweb.com somehow and was impressed with the organization and the use of reader-forums, including photo albums of antique roses, and some evidence that regular users have some of that "virtual community" feeling.