Re: [-empyre-] video killed the radio star

On Jun 15 2005, at 05:40 PM, Chris Ashley wrote:

--- marcus bastos <> wrote:
the thin line that separates public and private in
cyberspace? Doesn´t
blog culture seems to be related with these broader
tendencies, that
is, a larger culture of using the web as a tool for
publishing, but also as a tool for publishing
material that would
probably be discarded or reformated in a different

Yes, that's true. That's a nice way of saying it. One could also say, "Weblogs are a great way to post all kinds of crap." And there must be value in there somewhere, but it's a lot to sift through. I think if something needs a home the producer is going to find a place for it, weblog or not. So an artist or writer or musician is going to find ways to distribute their work. Weblogs have made that a little easier since the barriers for entry are so low- you can have your weblog hosted for you, you don't need to know any HTML, really, you don't need permission, you own it, and you can start them and leave them as needed.

I'd like to expand a bit on this because it seems thought that people like the EMPYRE bunch is confusing the practices of blogging with the technologies.

Blogs actually are fantastic archival tools. A blog does not compare in archiving and googability to a static site, needless to say to those Flash-based abominations called dynamic sites. And I do say they are better than listserves for managing and archiving many different conversations at once.

There are different degrees of robustness to blogs, which are basically content management systems in their most basic form. It does not mean you need to use a blog just for content, but content is data and, well, it is far better to have a CMS than a static site. So Kominio's comment that Chris could just as easily slap his stuff on a web page shows a lack of comprehension on what this technology is meant to do.

The range of blog technology is very wide. It really goes beyond MovableType and Blogger. You can get fully archived threaded discussions a la Slashdot with Scoop, Drupal and even MT, WordPress, b2evolution and Textpattern with the use of a couple of plug-ins and some CSS. Depending on how you want to use it as a point of movement for you thorugh the internet, a blog can turn from just a tool for publishing into a social networking hub.

MailLists, unless managed through a blogging interface, just can't do that, because MailMan is also more of a private technology and mailinglists work more like "cliques" as opposed to blogs which are more like "public squares". I am using these metaphors to describe the technology, NOT the practices.

Quick tought about the practices : archiving as accumulation, hyperlinking as fugue and rhyzome, non-linearity and ellipsis; just to throw out there a few. When thinking of blogs from the POV of aesthetics, we need to think of the neo-baroque.

What I love about Chris's squares is that they are like poetry verses of a poem that does not seem to have an end. They're very much an expression of Fernando Pessoas "ser-se" of being being. Blogs can be a technology used for unfolding being being. That's why I'm so enthralled with how people like linkoln and, jimpunk and chris use it.

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