30-12-03

In dying need of brainfood

"This is your Giant Communal Brain speaking. Resisting is futile."

Guess it's the time of the year that makes me do this, like watching old fotos, but I've been reading a lot of blogs backward these latest days. Not just following up on them, but browsing backward. The amount and the quality of what is out there still keeps amazing me.

There have been numerous arcticles already in mainstream media on blogging, what it is, who's doing it etc., but I think this one (via Kathy Kinsley) is by far the best I've seen on the subject, "this thing of ours" that has taken control of us.

"People are no longer simply consumers of political news. They're publishers of their own," says Bill Mitchell of the Poynter Institute, a journalism think tank. Professional writers who have turned to blogging say they love the dialogue.

"It's like having a giant communal brain," [Andrew] Sullivan says.

Hmmm, a giant communal brain.

As you may have seen, this blog unexplicably changed into a Halloween costume overnight (not!), and now and then undergoes little technical tweakings, hopefully without you, as a member of The Communal Brain (alright, sounds a bit heavy), noticing it.

The blogrolls on the left and the right also mutate now and then. Never thought I was going to like the Christmas Holidays this much.

More ... more ... brainfood.

Additional:
this is a good example on how the Blogosphere can work:

Two minutes later I received an email from Alan saying let's do it. Less than two hours later, he had a Blogger Pro account set up and the first draft of the Command Post was born. Two hours later, ten bloggers had joined our ranks.

Three days later, we had a shiny new URL and a Sekimori design.

In the first few weeks, we broke one million visitors. We were featured in Time, Newsweek, the Washington Post, Newsday, several radio shows and a myriad of other publications I can't think of off the top of my head. We were being fed tips by important people at important locations. We were linked to by major media outlets. It was an interesting time.

Thanks again Michele, also, and not in the least, for the Voices Project.

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