In 1984 Umberto Eco, a semiotician and author of the popular book and film Name of the Rose, wrote an essay entitled A Guide to the Neo-Television of the 1980’s. He argued that TV had become so consumed with itself via award ceremonies, spoof ads, talk shows, celebrities, and gossip about all of the above that it had lost its grasp of reality and instead was only consumed with itself, “Whereas paleo-television talked about the external world, or pretended to, neo-television talks about itself and about the contacts it established with the public.” Of course, this was before MTV aired its first episode of Real World in 1992! To me, his description of neo-TV is applicable to the blogosphere as well — see my previous rants on ego and navel-gazing. However, while Eco acknowledged a “palaeo-TV”, the blogosphere never had a time when it was not consumed with itself.

Ported/Archived Responses

andreas on 2003-09-27

and don’t forget inblogging like they do in the appalachin’s:

If you want to see what getting lost in your navel looks like.

I think it looks like no one seeing the forest through the trees.


Joseph Reagle on 2003-11-20

Yea, I haven’t had a chance to go back and look at it, but I was really psyched by the speed compared to other python tools, but encountered some problems and sent Daniel Veillard some bug reports. I’m sure they’ve since been fixed and is probably one of the best tools for the job. Also I’ve been thinking about the problem of ‘:’ and ‘.’ and do have to admit it’s tricky to come up with a consistent way of trying to have a pythonic approach when ‘:’ is an illegal character in a token.

Trackback from on 2003-11-20

Here’s some general information relating to the Arar case, including a timeline and a discussion of one of the relevant limits on the use of torture. The last two links suggest that it was the Canadians who fingered Arar to the US authorities, although whether they did so a routine matter or in the hopes that the US would do Canada’s dirty work is not addressed. The Canadians do say that they never expected Arar to be sent to Syria, and didn’t get advance warning of the transfer, although if that was the point of the exercise why would they?Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) Arar timelineWikipedia EntryLawyers Committee Urges Investigation Into US Actions in Syrian Torture Case (Nov. 7, 2003), which says, Article 3 of the Convention on Torture, to which the United States is a party, states:No State Party shall expel, return (‘refouler’) or extradite a person to another State where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture…. For the purpose of determining whether there are such grounds, the competent authorities shall take into account all relevant considerations including, where applicable, the existence in the State concerned of a consistent…

andreas on 2003-10-01

Inblogging = Inbreeding

except its in cyberspace. Ex. A community that fails to bring in sufficiently diverse social DNA (contradictory, ideas, thoughts, etc) that leads to increased chance for serious intellectual deformities.

Most interestingly the community (both appalachin and blogging)are rarely aware of the impact of such activity overtime and the repercussions of their own activity in perpetuating the problem.

I don’t know, I made it up. I found it interesting.

I consider open source software to be social antithesis. Though there will always be interesting exceptions to consider. I hope you are enjoying your classes.

Joseph Reagle on 2003-09-27

What does “inblogging” mean?

andreas on 2003-10-01

an example in the first person present tense.

Your work style and social style make me uncomfortable.

Where does the problem exist?

Is their a problem?

Yes, if I too often avoid exposing myself to perspectives that diverge from my own. Not just what we disagree or agree about, but how we do so. If I continue this for too long (and the longer I do the easier it becomes to do) the effects will be noted in my patterns of thinking and will resemble a brain that is pigeon-toed.

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