Archive for March, 2003

Guardian on bloggers and Rachel Corrie's reputation

March 31, 2003

The Guardian looks closely at how bloggers covered the aftermath of the Rachel Corrie story, finding an unsavory pile-on in the echo chamber. Cointelpro Tool takes on this line of reasoning and finds that it echoes the Indymedia line.

I claim Free Blogistan in the name of the People

March 31, 2003

Listed on BlogShares

Because the freest markets are imaginary markets.

Morans

March 31, 2003

Has everyone on the planet seen the morans picture by now?

Morans

March 31, 2003

Has everyone on the planet seen the morans picture by now?

Ich bin ein Oaklandischer

March 31, 2003

I think I followed Scot’s link to Justin Hall’s environs and ended up at the Beast Blog (“Because East Bay is Pig Latin for Beast”), reading about this Oaklandish logo:

oaklandish buttonA deco tree with big branches and big roots both – “Oaklandish.” I first saw it on a sticker in the window of Walden Pond books on Grand Avenue. There’s a web site, Oaklandish, run by Nonchalance.org. There’s good browsing there: Oakland history from Native American “Temescal” sweat lodges to hip-hop. East Bay grafitti coverage. Pictures of memorable Oakland signs. And tales of other misadventures: slide projecting hometown heroes onto freeway underpasses. And things to buy: Oakland smart-art-boostering posters and buttons, a local history reading list.

All sorts of pride rendered in media that’s not ironic or too spare, but rather luscious, rich and local. This group seems to be fighting the sad side of Oakland’s underclass identification by commending urban beauty. I admire their agitprop style and perseverance. Read SF Chronicle coverage of the Nonchalance Collective. And if all that wasn’t enough, there’s an affiliated OakTownUnderground online event listings service.

I’d like to see Oakland-based or Oakland-related blogs and websites tied together more easily or cross-referenced more thoroughly. Lazyweb?

People who should have blogs

March 31, 2003

off the top of me head:

  • Jeff Green
  • Dan Brodnitz
  • Nicholas Meriwether
  • Robert Meriwether
  • Jennifer Crumlish
  • Arthur Crumlish (pear and fills)
  • don’t get me started on Crumlishes!
  • Jeff Tiedrich
  • Justin D’arms
  • Doris Lessing
  • Louis Menand
  • Christopher Hitchens

A brief history of sexblogs

March 31, 2003

A month or so ago, Debra Hyde wrote a piece for Yes Portal called Sexblogs: Observations from an Early Adopter. In it, she recounts her own experiences, starting a sex blog (or journal as we probably would have called it then) called Pursed Lips just before the advent of Blogger. There’s a touch of regret that her own offerings may have been relatively overlooked, but Hyde’s memory of that time tracks with my own.
I also believe that one of the precursor’s of today’s blog were the what’s new page or journal page that was part of most prepackaged porn sites (and probably still is) when they first started proliferating.
She points to our own Reverse Cowgirl’s blog‘s bustout success as a watershed in the story of sexblogs. Susannah’s cred, she says, comes because she walks the walk:

Susannah Breslin’s site steps into the porn arena…. [S]he strolls the most sex-saturated streets in America. (She has the pictures to prove it.)

Ich bin ein Oaklandischer

March 31, 2003

I think I followed Scot’s link to Justin Hall’s environs and ended up at the Beast Blog (“Because East Bay is Pig Latin for Beast”), reading about this Oaklandish logo:

oaklandish buttonA deco tree with big branches and big roots both – “Oaklandish.” I first saw it on a sticker in the window of Walden Pond books on Grand Avenue. There’s a web site, Oaklandish, run by Nonchalance.org. There’s good browsing there: Oakland history from Native American “Temescal” sweat lodges to hip-hop. East Bay grafitti coverage. Pictures of memorable Oakland signs. And tales of other misadventures: slide projecting hometown heroes onto freeway underpasses. And things to buy: Oakland smart-art-boostering posters and buttons, a local history reading list.

All sorts of pride rendered in media that’s not ironic or too spare, but rather luscious, rich and local. This group seems to be fighting the sad side of Oakland’s underclass identification by commending urban beauty. I admire their agitprop style and perseverance. Read SF Chronicle coverage of the Nonchalance Collective. And if all that wasn’t enough, there’s an affiliated OakTownUnderground online event listings service.

I’d like to see Oakland-based or Oakland-related blogs and websites tied together more easily or cross-referenced more thoroughly. Lazyweb?

Some people who should have blogs

March 31, 2003

off the top of me head:

  • Jeff Green
  • Dan Brodnitz
  • Nicholas Meriwether
  • Robert Meriwether
  • Jennifer Crumlish
  • Arthur Crumlish (pear and fills)
  • don’t get me started on Crumlishes!
  • Jeff Tiedrich
  • Justin D’arms
  • Doris Lessing
  • Louis Menand
  • Christopher Hitchens

Kids today…

March 31, 2003

After attending most of the new media conference at the Berkeley J-school this past weekend I’ve got lots of notes, some photos, and very little time available to transcribe the notes and write up my comments. In the meantime, J-school webmaster Scot Hacker has some first impressions:

Pink Is Evil. So much to say about the “Connecting with the Wired Generation” conference that I don’t have time to post… suffice to say I’ve got a whole new perspective on the level of technology saturation that is going to be part… [birdhouse.org]