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The WWW is the blog to my internet Miscellaneous

I’m in a dusty cubicle in the center of a nearly windowless buidling. The color scheme is rich with almonds, yellows, and faded browns. The colors of a fading photograph. The chair I’m in isn’t comfortable and I’m drinking coffee I don’t even like.

My name is Pete Karl. I’m a web developer for University News, and today, I’m ostentatious.

I would like to draw attention to a variety of perspectives that I’ve adopted (and concieved) on the subject of blogs, the web, and people. It’s not my intention to prove blogging’s positive or negative effects, but rather for you all to have a better understanding of web technologies. So, here we go.

Consider the following:

telephones are tools.

wires are a medium.

People produce content.

Blogs are tools.

The internet is a medium.

People produce content.

Imagine if you could read the transcript of every phone conversation that has ever occurred? Why would you want to?

There would be a ton of inane stuff to muck through. There’s no doubt about it. I would be excited to find a handful of individuals in the web development field and examine their conversations. What would be missing from just reading transcripts about a field that I’m interested in?

  1. Justin Thorp
    Mar 29

    I would be really interested to hear what Mike has to say about Digg.com.

  2. Mike Saffran
    Mar 29

    I must say, I find Digg.com pretty neat. What I most like: the introduction of some vetting into the process.

    Also, though it may not be my first choice for research, Answers.com also seems cool (and incredibly user-friendly).

    Thanks, Pete, for the recommendations . . . and Justin for the nudge to go check 'em out.

  3. Justin Thorp
    Mar 30

    I haven't used Answers.com. I will check it out.

    On Digg.com, I have heard of stories being able to get to the public faster than traditional media. They have been able to bypass the traditional editor and review process.

    Granted this has allowed untrue stories to also get more publicity. A co-worker and I were part of the Google hiring a 15-year old story. Digg has been putting in mechanisms to prevent this.

    If you want to see this type of Digg.com model presented to all subject areas, check out Newsvine.com.

  4. Mike Saffran
    Mar 30

    Newsvine.com also seems interesting. I was even going to add comments to the discussion about one of the stories, but my registration confirmation never arrived. (I know, there are instructions regarding "if you did not receive a validation," but, frankly, it's too much effort to have to re-register. Give me ease of use or I'm out of there!)

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