Blogging in the Second Person: Open Correspondence for a Social Web?

When we bloggers refer to one another’s posts, we usually default to writing in the third person. I suspect this is because writing publicly incentivizes accessibility for the broadest possible audience. Whatever the reason may be, the third person voice is the ‘genre tradition’ of blogging. We tend to write sentences like this: In a …

I’m signing on and standing up for the #indieweb cause

If it wasn’t already obvious, I should mention I’m totally on board with the #indieweb movement. The independent web “is a people-focused alternative to the ‘corporate web’” and it means being intentional and strategic about owning the space one inhabits online. Let’s suppose you have a thought, question, observation, or idea to share. Sure, you …

Is “following” and “liking” fundamentally different than “reading”?

Remember blogrolls? These were lists of links to other blogs that a blogger would often post on their site. In the days before we surrendered everything to corporately sponsored algorithms, online writers and readers built networks by recommending fellow authors to one another. I’m curious: who do you read today? Who are the writers producing …

The Independent Web

I can remember the internet in the days before the term ‘independent web’ became an ideal. In the beginning, everything about the web was independent. If you wanted to put something on the ‘information superhighway,’ you had to get access to a server (or host your own) and code it in whatever message you wanted …

Tyranny of the Network Effect

Do you ever feel that digital media platforms like Facebook wield a tyrannical power over our lives? There is an explanation. The network effect refers to the positive feedback loop created by the mass adoption of a service or platform. For example, let’s say your friends are on Facebook, inviting each other to parties and …