28 February 2002

Is brevity the soul of blogging? David Weinberger (whoops, I mean, “David Weinberger, that cretin”) said in three words what I was trying to say in three thousand: “flames anodize cliques.” Yup. Of course, over at Wealth Bondage, we may observe how a slow, steady heat can sometimes melt away folly, and likewise how rapid…

27 February 2002

Turn and face the strange changes…. Don’t want to be a richer man Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes Just gonna have to be a different man Time may change me, but I can’t trace time…. And these children that you spit on As they try to change their worlds Are immune to your consultations They’re quite aware of what…

26 February 2002

Who would have thought? I have to admit that this weekend is my worst fears come back to haunt me. After recently escaping the nightmarish toils of academic debt myself, I now have to begin filling out my son’s Financial Aid Forms. The whole experience tends to jaundice my view of the U.S. commitment to…

25 February 2002

Psychic Blog Okay, so here’s the answer to Mike Golby’s puzzlement (1, 2) over what I was on about last week (1, 2, 3), when I was wondering whether “community” and “friendship” and blogging don’t run afoul of problems relative to ingrown, exclusive self-congratulation club: I could tell that someone was about to launch a…

24 February 2002

The Return of Authenticity You thought the blogthread was dead, but when you went to the basement alone and opened that cobwebby closet door — egad! it lives! Friday, the Rev. Lane Hensley (a Seabury alumnus who survived at least one class with me) leaned over to me at chapel and whispered, “I’ve been reading…

23 February 2002

Mike Golby cites Borges’s “The Garden of Forking Paths” in a bloggaddendum to his response to my response to his response to my musings on blogging and ethics. And the cool thing is that he doesn’t mention my favorite line from the story, one that has been a guiding principle for my writing and preaching…

22 February 2002

I Second the Motion Tom, Helen Razer, and Dave (1, 2, 3) have recently directed our attention to deep problems in the imagination and exercise of copyright. Count me in, emphatically. The notion of copyright that we’re laboring under derives its cogency from entirely different circumstances, and has been warped to serve the interests of…

21 February 2002

Blog-about The irritation that some express relative to blogging-about-blogging strikes me as utterly flummoxing. This is the Web; if you don’t want to read a blog about blogging, go to another site. Yes, in the online world the gravitational attraction to suddenly-hot topics (Googlewhack, Blogger’s Manifesto, and so on) engenders intense attention to matters that…

20 February 2002

Communication, Exclusivity, Blogs, and Ethics What then shall we say about blogging and cross-blogging, about encouraging others and criticizing others? Bearing in mind my vow of aphorism, perhaps a couple of things. I’m not aware that anyone has stopped talking with or socializing with RW friends because they blog. Something different is happening here. The…

19 February 2002

How do you prepare a sermon, Prof. Adam? Well, first I have to blog. And to do a really good blog, I have to visit all my friends’ blogs. The blogs I can find are all very interesting, but not everyone has blogged yet today. I’ll have to come back later. After I blog, I…

Monday 18 February

Next Andy Chen took the “Five Phases of Blogging” conceit that I threw out last week and applied and extended it to “Six Phases of a Blogging Community.” From the looks of the most advanced phases, I’m happy to be stuck back at phase two…. More numbered thoughts I owe Steve and Andrew’s side of…

17 February 2002

Good to see that Doc Searls is a Duke fan. He’s right; this good solid thumping should be the kind of lesson Coach K builds from, and heaven knows Maryland is a tough well-put-together team. ( 7:29 PM ) Steve Himmer reveals the ‘authentic’ him, and thus obliges me to confess that I don’t really…