23 April 2007

Sego, Sarko, ethics and definitions

SO here we are, after hours and hours of soundbytes, and miles and miles of pictures and words, it is now down to two. Sego-Sarko as they say back home. I’ve spent a lot of time back home, virtually speaking, over the past weeks, and I have read a lot of French blogs, following from abroad the campaigns of the main candidates to the French election.

What interested me – nearly as much as the political aspect, was that two issues seemed to exercise the political bloggers: ethics (should they issue the results of the exit polls before 20.00 hours, which would have been illegal, but tempting – freedom of speech, of course, and the affordance was there, why not use it?) and definitions (what – or who - is a “real” blogger?)

Both issues are, I think, at the heart of blogging in general, and not only French blogging, or political blogging, or French political blogging. Indeed both issues are at the heart of the personal blogs as well as the opinion blogs. Ethics, as seen of course in the recent code for bloggers proposed by Tim O’Reilly, but also in the day to day issues facing personal bloggers, issues of moral responsibility and of self-disclosure. Definitions also, as arguments flourish over definitions of Web 2.0, and of the word blog itself.

More to come, from the French elections, from French bloggers, and from those vexed issues.

19 April 2007

The Machine is Us/ing Us (Final Version)

Today, another YouTube video, found through Sue Thomas' post in PART.

17 April 2007

The Book

I came across this in my YouTube travels, in Norwegian (or so I believe), with English subtitles.

16 April 2007

A little list

Waterstones have asked their staff to compile a list of their favourite novels (published since 1982), and have issued the 100 favourite books, listed in chronological order. I have read 38, and may I freely admit that they include the wonderful Gruffalo. It is by no means a literary list, or an anything in particular list, just a list of books some people who sell books have liked; if it was anything else, it would be criminally incomplete. But I love lists anyway, so here's my very short list of awards, directly related to the Waterstones list:

The one I most wish I hadn't bothered with: Five People You Meet in Heaven.
The one I wish they had included: an awful lot, amongst which That They May Face the Rising Sun, The Blackwater Lightship, more Terry Pratchett
The one that's beside my bed but I haven't yet opened: The New York Trilogy
The one I doubt I will ever read: The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic
The one I wish I had time to read: A Suitable Boy

13 April 2007

The more you read...

The past two days have been very busy, desperately catching up and preparing a presentation – too late, always too late. So I didn’t keep up with my Google reader, I worked and wrote and today, at last, I read as well. Serendipity again? Blankpaige has introduced a law of blogging, the incredibly complicated calculations of which I will not attempt to describe, but it can be summed up as: the more you read (blogs), the less you blog. This did of course strike a chord , expert procrastinator that I am, always looking for scientific reasons to my lack of blogging/writing chapters/ironing. And in today’s Guardian – although the author has probably not yet read Paige’s law, this sentence:

It could be that the vast majority of people prefer just to read blogs rather than write them…

In an article which describes blogging as “a minority sport”, and compares the slow rise in blogs to the meteoric rise in social network participation. This is indeed what I find in the realm of young people’s blogs – a significant number of blogs are slowly abandoned, and online interaction moves to Bebo. The true bloggers, who stay the distance? They write, and writing is not easy.

10 April 2007


This was Easter...

And this, too...

But none of this...