An Inconvenient Convenience

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GOOD posted this print by Max Temkin on Tumblr last week in the midst of their current 30-day “waste less” challenge. They saw the print on Grist, whose headline pretty much sums it up: “Everything that’s wrong with our oil-soaked industrial economy, in one amazing poster.” I’ve been thinking about the poster over the past week, because it’s … Continue reading

T+N: Meaning of life and stuff

T+N (Then+Now) posts will be past posts from other social media, paragraphs lifted from e-mails, or transcribed print journal entries + metadata with as much context as I can conjure up for the original post + new thoughts + ideally, comment aggregation. The excerpted paragraph was from a freakishly long (1,833 words, if you’re curious) … Continue reading

T+N: Digital communities, social media and cyborg anthropology

T+N (Then+Now) posts will be past posts from other social media, paragraphs lifted from e-mails, or transcribed print journal entries + metadata with as much context as I can conjure up for the original post + new thoughts + ideally, comment aggregation. This was originally a Facebook note (posted Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 9:53 a.m.), … Continue reading

Digital thought blueprint

First, a bit of irony: I got so excited about launching this blog that I started a new (print) journal so I could write about being excited about how excited I was to be writing. Actually, that last sentence is probably a pretty good indicator of

Why I’m starting this blog:
If meta-cognition were tactile, I would high-five it, then go online, post about it, and +1 my own post. I’m also interested in the ways in which technology, social media and the Internet (along with myriad associated software, hardware, theory, post-structuralist/materialist/post-everything/Web 2.0/open-source musings) changes/has changed the way that we — and I — think, interact and view community, time, ethics, learning and identity. I’m exploring those shifts* by tracking my own thoughts back to “original” sources and influences.

What this blog is:
OK, so, like, essentially, I’m trying to create a digital archive of my brain (read: experience of consciousness and society), in über-hyperlinked blog form. At this moment, I’m envisioning a mix of posts on: social media, digital communities, anthropology, digital ethics, theory, participatory culture and identity formation. I might also repost content from other social media networks, tapping into whatever scattered digital archive of myself already exists.

What I’d like from you:
Comments and permission to comment on your comments. As much as this is an exercise in navel-gazing (digital native-gazing?), I’m also kind of doing my friends a favor, since people’s eyes tend to glaze over when I drool while talking initiate conversations about some of these topics. Blogging is my concession to the people I care about; now you can opt in to these conversations.

Also-ran titles and taglines:**

  • “idea potluck” —> “idea smorgasbord” –> “thoughtluck
  • digital native-gazing
  • wikiMEdia

* (self-indulgently, narcissistically, solipsistically, yes, this is a blog, remember?)
** Just kidding, but I’m not above bad puns and portmanteaus.***
*** While you’re down here, you should know that I also love footnotes. I might try to work in mouse-over text instead, though.