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June 26, 2014
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The internet is boring…

Leila Johnston podcast with Warren Ellis in which he calls the internet boring:

 

“The internet is not what it was, its siloing out … I’ve no issue with walled gardens, per se. I think most internet users, given a choice, will choose a walled garden. But when content and services particularly start falling into hard walled silos where they can’t talk to each other and you can’t cross between them … it makes things duller”

And I tend to agree. The wild west feeling of ten, fifteen years ago, when you could stumble upon the weird and wonderful, such as J. R. “Bob” Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius, or read a handful of blogs each talking about different things has faded, and its easy to get stuck being a member of the audience occasionally tweeting or blogging or facebooking the latest commercial drivel.

 

Well worth a listen.

 

Somewhat related, I’m not sure how I feel about Amber McNaught’s piece on On Brands and Blogging. While its great people are getting paid to write, it does capture the changes blogs have undergone.

c/o @ProhibitionPR (!)

 

Update:
A more positive outlook on creating things on the interweb: You Are Not Late

 

May 19, 2013
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Yahoo & Tumblr

My issue with Tumblr is that it obfuscates attribution. Tumblrs take images from their source and create and never ending maze from where they originated to where they are now. Yes, there are services like TinEye that help you try and find the original image, but damn, how many clueless n00bs who create Tumblrs use Tin Eye? Or are aware of Google’s reverse image search?

 

tumblr

tumblr

See, the early 90’s saw technically minded webmasters with little design skills (for the most part, not all of course), but with little code to really do design (nested tables and font tags indeed), it was about building the web and we built stuff: you grabbed a domain, and began view-sourcing and copying and experimenting till you had a site going.

 

Twenty years later you’ve got the young designers, may be with print skills, most straight from Uni with none, and they’re in Advertising, and of course they need a portfolio site and so they sign up for a service built by the first wave of web builders who wanted to enable the net for everyone, and great, now some Creative Director who needs to appear tech savvy is adding pictures from other sites to his Tumblr or Pin Interest and he doesn’t care about attribution, because fuck, half his clients don’t either.

 

It’s too easy to simply click like and add and love and make no effort to find where they image was first posted.

 

 

So you end up with a rabbit hole of links leading to other tumblrs and dead ends and infinitely scrolling web sites with no pagination because who cares you just have to appear to understand the web long enough to get the job and pay your mortgage. Who cares what’s left behind? Who cares if some creative endeavour began on Deviant Art or Flickr or wherever?

 

deviantART

deviantART

flickr

flickr

I find it frustrating to find an image I like on a site like FFFFound and click through to see the full image and find that whoever posted it made no attempt to trace where it came from. Nine times out of ten it is repost in a long chain of reposts.

 

Which is a long whiny way of saying that Yahoo are welcome to Tumblr, and if they screw it into the ground I won’t be sad to see them go. Just wish they weren’t holding the future of Flickr in their hands…

 

See also: Is Tumblr the new Geocities?

 

Alison Brie used in above examples for no other reason than the fan love of Community has resulted in the kind of original creative output that gets re-appropriated and lost in the kind of shuffle described…

 

View This Brief, Hastily-Written, and Poorly-Edited Article as 14 Arbitrarily Truncated Pages

 

July 26, 2012
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November 25, 2011
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Relative time

One thing we do, especially working on the interwebs, is become very dismissive of old links. The “Seen it” syndrome. When you belittle someone for sending a link to last weeks news. Or yesterdays news. Or this mornings.

A sure sign you spend too much time on  the web. But then when your work there, you do. You take pride in it.

Anyways, was discussing building a site with a colleague that a n00b could enter a link, hit submit, and check whether what there were about to email was old or not. Never got round it. Luckily, someone has done it for us. And now it seems somewhat futile. Our time in comparison to the time on the interweb isn’t the relative. What may seem old because I saw it last week will seem new to your Mum when she sees it in ten years time. And so what?