Monday, July 31, 2006

oral poetry means podcast and vlog

I am dead serious when I say you must:

(1) abandon plain text blogging

(2) start mixing text, photo, podcast, and video into your corporate web site and CEO blogging.

All arts and businesses are becoming more online, more transmitable, and engaging more of the human senses. Soon, we will have blogs we can smell and taste. Just kidding, but come on. Get with the flow.

Go audio, go video.

Come out, I command, from behind your computer and show your bad self. Warts and worries and all.

Here is a scholarly treatise by a respected author, an article that reinforces the idea of putting the sound of your voice, and the moving image of your animated face, in front of your audience. Not just typed text, that's so 2005...

Notes Toward a New Bohemia
by Dana Gioia


Twenty years ago, I started graduate school.

I was a working-class kid from L.A.—half-Italian, half-Mexican.

Entering Harvard Graduate School in Comp. Lit.,

I paid meticulous attention to the literary culture around me in the same spirit an anthropologist might observe the rituals of some newly discovered tribe.

I wanted to understand how the literary world operated, especially its assumptions about contemporary poetry. The poetry world was well-defined back then, but during the last two decades it has changed in important and sometimes even astonishing ways that are still not well understood. Tonight I would like to provide a quick overview of the current state of American poetry by making a dozen observations.

What these various trends have in common is that they represent significant changes in our literary culture that either would have been impossible to imagine twenty years ago or would have appeared too marginal to become influential. I am not interested in judging most of these trends—only in observing and understanding them.

The first observation is that the primary means of publication for new American poetry is now oral.

While books and journals continue to appear and remain crucially important in sustaining literary reputations, they no longer enjoy a monopoly on disseminating poetry, especially new poetry.

For almost every living American poet, public readings, whether they are live or electronic (via radio, TV, or tape-cassette), now constitute the major means of reaching an audience. This situation applies as equally to older academic poets like John Hollander or Daniel Hoffman as its does to younger poets of every school.

The return to oral performance represents an enormous paradigm shift away from print culture.

Until quite recently, most poets didn't give readings until their work appeared in print, and even then public readings were generally few and infrequent. Robinson Jeffers, one of the few major twentieth century American poets who actually made a living off poetry, was 54 when he gave his first public reading; Wallace Stevens was nearly 60.

If you listen to their recordings, you will notice that neither man is comfortable reading his work aloud.

The shift away from print culture to an audiovisual, electronic culture has had an enormous impact. Today the physical audience listening to live poetry vastly outnumbers the people who read it in books.

The shift from print to oral publication leads to my second observation: there has been a huge reemergence of populist oral poetry, largely among groups who were alienated from the dominant, academic, literary culture.

The new schools of populist poetry include rap, cowboy poetry, and poetry slams, which together command audiences in the millions. No one would have predicted this development twenty years ago.


This just makes me even more stubborn about my proclamation: people want to hear you and see you. So you had better comply with their desires, or be cut off. It doesn't take courage or risky recklessness. All it takes is: Do It. Now.



tonight I registered for a secure server home page at University of Texas at Austin, for the access to literary collections. they also have an IT department to explore. all free. it's a revolution: Everything Free Always. get with it.

do your eyes burn?

Finally LEGAL, an absinthe beer called Four. Absinthe is what Rimbaud and Verlaine drank and wrote some of the best poetry in the cosmos. Bennett remembers me making some homemade Absinthe with Pernod and wormwood herb tincture, years ago. Use with moderation and maturity.

Soon after Kipling had received the Nobel Prize, his output of fiction and poems began to decline.

Last line of James Joyce's short story "Araby":

Gazing up into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity; and my eyes burned with anguish and anger.

My eyes, when I gaze upon the objects of my scorn and reform, they burn with anguish and anger. Do your eyes burn with anything as you look upon what's wrong? Or do you just focus on what's of benefit to your inordinate cravings?

Sunday, July 30, 2006

secret blogocombat trick 2: super focus

Secret Blogocombat
Trick 2
Super Focus

When you're discussing a topic at a blog, let's say that someone posts a comment hostile to you and your ideas, experiences, or opinions. And let's say they also type in a lengthy rebuttal to your position and a harsh attack on your sanity or intelligence.

Whadya do? I'm more than happy to tell you. Listen close.

This is not as obvious as it may first appear.

I'm giving you a really effective, nearly guaranteed way to smash your opponent. Use this weapon very carefully, and only when you're sure your debate enemy is being really hateful, disrespectful, or even unethical and deceptive.

Perhaps you even suspect the person of being a Paid Enthusiast, Artificial Word Of Mouth (WOM) Buzz Agent, i.e. a payrolled liar for a fraudulent company or con artist. Here's how to fight back very aggressively and piteously.

Super Focus

Zero in on just one thing. One statement. One anecdote. One experience. One theory. One belief. One idea. One opinion. One remark.

It can be his weakest argument. Or her most poorly worded, and inadequately expressed, sentiment. A mistake in factual accuracy. A typo. A repetition of what can only be hearsay, because no one can verify it. An emotional outburst.


It could be her strongest position. Exaggerate what she says, not to be manipulative or deceptive, but to show how this extended statement is what she is probably driving at. Show how the extreme application of this otherwise sober and scientific sounding statement, the radical implementation of it would result in absurdity or counter-productive woe.


Find something the debate opponent said that either is antagonistic or critical of the author of the blog in which the blogocombat is occuring, or is offensive to the readership.
Latch onto it. Like a bulldog. Wave it around in the air and make sure everyone sees it. Pound away at it. One sly remark, pointing out the deficiency or offense...or a full scale war based on it.

This technique takes the opponent off course. If you cleverly find a statement that you know was just kind of tossed out, a tangential remark, a barely relevant aside, a muttering under the breath, below your threshhold -- use that. You are then forcing your opponent to go off in a direction they had not planned on. Now they are pursuing an argument that steals the thunder and lightning out of the main point they originally wished to debate.

Whether you succeed in diverting your debate adversary's thrustings, or actually destroy a specific and vital component in her argument, you will gain the edge and ascend to the top of the sludge pile, where you (hopefully) belong.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

CEOs & video blogging + link tip

Vaspers the Grate
(clear-voiced recording: for normal people)
"CEOs and video blogging" (9:17)

Vaspers the Grate
(space shuttle voice de-phasing: esoteric whisper transmission)
"why CEOs should video blog" (4:24)

VASPERS Embedded Link Tip:

WRONG: "The dedicated blog is here."

RIGHT: "Check out the blog about blog ethics."

RIGHT: "Blog Core Values is a deeper analytical treatment of blog ethics and best practices."


Now you try it.

"This topic is covered in blogs like this and that."

No, no, no. Wrong!

RIGHT: "This topic is covered by Scoble and CK, two marketing and technology bloggers of some renown."


Because "here" and "this" contain no information.

Hurried readers of your blog will not quickly glean that those links have any relevance or value, as they skim your site, foraging for interesting or important data.


Mark Glaser on CEO vlogs

(left = mark glaser; right = dan gillmor)

Hi Steven,

Good to hear such a pro-vlogging opinion from Peoria.

Vlogs can humanize someone, for sure, but not all CEOs are ready to be humanized.

They also can be very paranoid about saying something or looking a certain way for all to see and archive forever.

So the most image-conscious CEOs would probably never do that -- however, you do have folks like Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz and Mark Cuban who blog, so it's not as much of a stretch.



VASPERS: See Mark Glaser's articles on Online Video at his PBS site Media Shift.


secret blogocombat trick 1: abandonment

You will never know all my secret blogocombat tricks. But the few I toss out should be helpful to CEOs and sensitive approval addicts who think that popularity is a sign of greatness. It isn't. Woe unto you, when all men speak well of someone once said.

I will now begin a series of Secret Blogocombat Tricks, because I think that armed with these techniques, you will be more effective in destroying the Powers That Pretend To Be, reversing the slide into internet nihilism, and purifying the blogosphere of its many vile pollutions and false assertions.

I offer now these paltry dribblings from the sleialgnion oracle.

NOTE: These tricks you'll read about in this series apply ONLY to specific situations.

The strategems will lose potency if you over-use them by defiling them into mere routines, mis-apply them to hurt innocents, or seek "short-cuts" or easy routes to victory.

Secret Blogocombat
Trick #1:


Leave the opponent hanging in the highest blast of his heat.

You know, when the debate gets really fired up and the opponent is super emotional, to him the topic is the most important thing in the entire world. It's a mental judo, using the force of the enemy's onrushing attack against him. Works really good when the last comment posted by the opponent is a series of questions.

Like, the enemy ends his comment with:
"You can't possibly be doing all these YouTube videos, except for ego reasons. Why else would you do such a thing? Where are our band mp3s? Why haven't you returned my phone calls? Are you so full of yourself that you can no longer be even slightly concerned with others? Have you lost your freaking mind? Can you please explain your bizarre behavior?"

Or, the enemy says:
"You seem to hate the mainstream media so much, you refuse to acknowledge any good at all could come from it. Are you that naive and uneducated? Do you want us to just stop watching television and reading newspapers--and turn to the blogs for all our news and opinions? How reliable and trustworthy are bloggers? Aren't they all just a bunch of nude photo posting sluts, wannabe journalists, and whimpering digital diarists? How can you possibly think a slut blog is more authoritative than Brian Williams? Do you really think the blogosphere can change the world?"

Say nothing. Leave the argument and never return.

The message to the lurkers: you've lost interest and refuse to try to reason with a kook.

But the opponent will surmise that he's won, that you could not honestly answer those questions, that you're afraid of his challenging questions and accusations, because they're true and you're ashamed.

But actually: you lost interest. You've got better things to do.

Either you lost interest, or you've got work to get back into, or you are tired of beating your head against the brick wall of stubborn stupidity-- or justified diversity.

Your opponent believes with all his heart that war solves problems. You believe "blessed be the peacemakers". You two will never meet eye to eye, so forget about it. Let him drift off on his determined conclusion, and you drift off on yours. Now, you're both happy.

Who cares who's right?

The world will always side with the violent, the retaliatory, the vengeful, the sensational, the sexual, the rich, the materialistic, the popular ("if it's successful, it must be good"), the selfish hero of misanthropic cash accumulation who's called a "good businessman".

Anyway, back to the main point: often your best policy, especially in a discussion that seems to be going nowhere, time-consumingly, is to abandon the conversation.

Let others pick up the sword and lance and proceed, if they care to.

For your part, you're done.


bad reaction to my YouTube videos

bennett theissen to vaspers the grate:

Oh vaspers...

Just looked on youtube and saw all these things that you have uploaded there.

Makes me go Hmmmm. A bit much, my friend. I really don't see the point.

One or two I guess can be funny, but I have to fall back on the ego thing -- otherwise why would you be doing all this?

[snip--text deleted]

vaspers the grate to bennett theissen:

I am experimenting with video so as to be able to have expertise to share with CEOs who have the guts to present themselves more fully and more humanly to their stakeholders and customers.

Some of my videos are purely satire or absurdist comedy specials.

Ego? Are you mentally crazy????

Video blogging does not boost anyone's ego, it merely makes more of you more vulnerable to more critiques.

Most [bad] CEOs fear blogs and video. That's funny. They don't fear public ridicule when they raid pension funds or downsize so they can buy a new Lexus three times a year or whatever they do with their plunder.

Pioneers make mistakes. Imitators copy only the successes, skipping depriving themselves of the real learning process.

Hope this clears up your confusion.


Why video blogging is the Next Big Thing: UPDATED

[Update appears at end of post...]

During my advertising career, I learned the Law of Ad Images: (1) show the CEO in appropriate prestige or as an approachable regular gal/guy, (2) show the product in use, by a typical customer, solving a real, common problem.

At Garden Way Marketing Associates, in-house agency for Troy-Bilt garden machinery, we combined them: Dean Leith, CEO, using a Troy-Bilt tiller with Just One Hand ease of operation.

This is the real potential of video blogging, or vlogging.

(1) Show yourself.

Come out from behind your computer and be real. Most CEOs don't want to be so vulnerable and open to ridicule? Great news! That means you can stand out and get all kinds of free publicity! Be yourself, your best self, but your authentic self. Web users can smell inathenticity and deception a mile away. Remember Dan Rather and Trent Lott. But also think of how television and film made stars out of the early pioneers.

(2) Demonstrate your product.

Users can SEE the benefits to be gained, actually watch that chainsaw cut through an oak tree trunk in less than 30 seconds, or whatever. Not just the product sitting there on the shelf doing nothing. Unless it's the beauty of the thing that sells it. Even then, put that beautiful skirt on a typical customer's body. Show it solving a problem, in the case of fashion, the problem is frumpiness. Ha!


Chris Ritke
to me

More options 1:26 pm (14 minutes ago)

Yes, videoblogs probably are the next big thing... the long tail is happening. Great stuff, quite confusing though. Where is it headed? I don't know.

All of the 'real videobloggers' hate YouTube (whatever that means), I personally think they're doing some cool stuff, you might say they've figured out how to exploit the stupidity of the general public - but hey: they're people too, right?

The big problem with most of these services is that you pretty much give up all rights to your work, ie the site owns what you create. Two sites that the videoblogging crowd (members of the yahoo videoblogging group and those who attended vloggercon etc etc etc) are using and (I suggest you try blip).

You might want to join the videoblogging group at yahoo if you want to hook up with some of those folks!

If you want to check out some of the more well known videobloggers (A-Listers? Blah):
(watch out, it's not what it looks like... dig in anyway - great guy, watch his Folk Video Manifesto!)
is a great place for tech tricks and tips.

I've got to say this: they are all extremely nice people - I've met quite a few videobloggers - lots of fun, and they're really thinking hard about all of this.

Have a great weekend!


chris ritke

NOTE: Chris Ritke, of 49 Media, did the first and only podcast interview with Vaspers the Grate about a year ago.

site is...


artificial intelligence chatbots for site orientation: intro

Today I'm investigating Artificial Intelligence applications for a client.

We're interested in having a chatbot, aka "virtual assistant", welcome people to their site, explain the basic info architecture (a talking site map), and act as a search agent.

Users could type questions or keywords into a text entry box, and the animated representative would tell them the info or take them to the desired page, saying "Here you are. If this is not exactly what you wanted, try typing in more keywords, and search again. Thanks." or similar. I have contacted a world expert in such AI topics, and expect to hear from him soon.

[snip--text deleted]

Some chatbot applications are stupid and worthless. Others hold much promise. I think. Maybe all chatbot/virtual assistant applications are stupid. I'm still pondering.

For a taste of chatbot community, check out Personality Forge and for more corporate applications, Daden Chatbots, by David Burden.

We must humanize and customize our online presence. Video posts, podcasts, and chatbots are 3 possible solutions. More later. Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion.

Friday, July 28, 2006

first law of blogocombat

The first law of blogocombat is this:

When you respond to a statement, do it
with Utter Disregard for Who Made It.

By obeying this law, I may be banned from Blog Business Summit.

But first, let me explain to you this...

First Law of Blogocombat: consider the opponent to be anonymous.

I mean, don't even click on the person's name to activate the embedded URL and visit their profile, site, or blog. Let your reaction be to the words themselves, and not considering who is saying them.


In this manner, one becomes objective and is pitting one idea against another, not one person against another. Plus, you are not unduly influenced by the position, title, or charisma of the person whose ideas you're debating.

Blogocombat, at its best, is one set of text responding to another set of text. No egos. No hurt feelings. No personal hostility. No desire to hurt another person. No desire to dominate anything or anyone.

Just the simple advancement of an idea, sometimes gentle, other times harsh or abrasive.

As the ancient Greeks philosophized that the soul was divine light burdened with a dying and already dead body, consider your "self" to be deeply buried in your body and thus beyond the reach of angry comments and bitter remarks.

If you're angry, postpone the debate to another time.

You may be naturally passionate, have an unpaid and non-buzz agent enthusiasm for a topic, a web usability expert, a music band, a design theory, a garment fashion, a television talent show, a political candidate, a religious belief, a money-making strategy...

...but never engage in blogocombat in any state of extreme emotion.

Take the blogocombat campaign as a joke, as a way of testing the weak spots in your opinion, as an experiment in debate maneuvers.

I may be banned from Blog Business Summit, like I said earlier.

They did an article about the increasing mentions of the word "blogger" in the Wall Street Journal, like it might mean a good thing for the blogosphere. Unfortunately, content analysis provides no understanding of the context or semantics of the word occurances and their tally.

I posted a comment critical of content analysis without semantic hermeneutics, and of the WSJ's understanding of blogs.

Someone posted a subsequent comment praising the Wall Street Journal, calling it THE newspaper for Business America or similar.

Without investigating who posted that comment, I fired off another critique...then realized later that Steve Brobeck is one of the team bloggers of Blog Business Summit. Oooops. Or not oooops? That is the question.

You decide.

I now quote the comment exchanges.



27 Jul 06 | vaspers the grate wrote …

This content analysis is of interest from, as you say, an interest level, a temperature indicating the heat of conversation revolving around the word, and hopefully the practice of, blogging.

Not blog acceptance, however.

That would require a semantic analysis of the content analysis results.

Judging from past articles at WSJ, and the MSM in general, especially newspapers, I’d be very slow to say this is a good thing, all these mentions.

How often is it, “the bloggers are spewing forth their unedited, non-journalistic opinions”—? and such?

27 Jul 06 | Steve Broback wrote …

Right, this can’t be construed as acceptance. It is likely a non-trivial indicator of interest though.

I find the WSJ coverage to be very objective in this regard, very few articles about “bully bloggers” and a LOT of coverage on how influential bloggers are these days.

The numbers speak for themselves. The WSJ is THE daily business paper for North America, and their coverage of this topic is exploding. They write about what they think is of interest to their readers…

28 Jul 06 | vaspers the grate wrote …

they regurgitate and their coverage of blogs has been worse than clueless

28 Jul 06 | vaspers the grate wrote …

P.S. Steve Broback sounds like a paid enthusiast artificial WOM buzz agent.


I had no intention of disrespecting, or picking a fight with the editors or contributors or authors of Blog Business Summit. I visit this blog more than most other blogs I visit. I like it.

But come on. That comment really did sound like commercial spam, orchestrated and paid for by the WSJ.

Did it not?

Thursday, July 27, 2006

#1 secret of blog writing

Vaspers the Grate Executive Training
"Blog Writing Secret #1" (4:08)
Your top priority as a blogger should be Quality Input. Read good tech blogs, classic literature, and business books. Tech savvy helps pro and personal bloggers.

See that white streak-like entity hovering gracefully, perpendicularly, just a foot above the sidewalk? That's a rod-being come down to earth from the stratosphere to inspect the blogosphere.

recipe for a compelling blog

Vaspers the Grate "compelling post writing" (1:07)

Chartreuse is discussing something called WordCamp 2006 for WordPress bloggers. I have a WordPress blog that I've shelved to the back burner, but need to get it up and running again, a pure business blog. An "all business, all the time" type thing.

But in his random musings about WordCamp, he tosses out the fact of a seminar he wishes to preside over, called How To Write a Compelling Blog.

I don't know much more than the next guy about writing a blog. But my Aunt Randy gave me a burly recipe for the delightful dish Compelling Blog Casserole.

Compelling Blog
Casserole Recipe:

Read quality literature and tech articles.

Ponder. Mix in your own observations and insights. Season with the salt of skepticism. Add a dash of controversy spice. Toss in a sprig of robust rosemary, for feminine appeal. Thicken with the flour of web expertise.

Make the whole mess connect with audience, by bringing to a slow but vigorous boil, over medium heat, while stirring constantly.

Dish up while steaming hot.

Serves 50 million readers.

deconstructing a non-human blog

I am a human blogger. This is the entrance to my office-studio, where Vaspers the Grate occurs daily. I also operate a video and computer music production facility in this location.

I don't know any blog consultant who covers the bizarre topics you get here at Vaspers the Grate.

You may not agree with every sentence I type, and you better not, because that would mean you're a Copy Cat, but I'll bet you learn a few things here and there, in my semi-metaphysical sermons.

Behold: a typical Pseudo Blog, a Vampire Blog, a Search Engine Generated Blogoid Object.

3d game arcade

This non-human blog lives by feeding off other sites.

It has no independent existence without them, no content I mean. Keep pace with me, for we're going to launch out into the depths of Pseudo Bloggery. A realm that most blog consultants and web analysts shun in fear and confusion, I suppose.

I found this Pseudo Blog by doing a Technorati search on my listed blog, this one, Vaspers the Grate. See that text link in my sidebar, that says "Technorati. Other blogs that link here"? Click that.

You'll see nice human people-bloggers like Doc Searls, Carrie Snell, Chartreuse, Dustbury, Peoria Pundit, Lipsticking, Harvey Dog, 1938 Media, and Paul Woodhouse linking to me.

Then ... you'll see the terrible Blogoid Objects -- blogs with cold, lifeless names, like 3d game arcade, online real estate loans, discount computer software, dish tv network -- whatever.

I visited, armed with firewalls and AV and a secure browser, the site or page, called Skype upgrade not mentioned on website by 3d game arcade.

Notice this "Skype upgrade not mentioned on website" is the title of a Vaspers post. (And the issue with Skype is still unresolved.) An entire page, what even looks like a blog main index page, has been created from my original headline.

My post is credited in this manner:

"Original post: Skype upgrade not mentioned on website by at Google Blog Search: computer game download"

Thus, this post, and the entire non-human blogoid object is generated by a search engine query, a collection of search terms.

Similar Vampire Content Suckers can be created with RSS feeds, and feed scraper technology will enable the creating of feed URLs, at sites without feed syndication, from the HTML data contained in the site. So all sites are vulnerable to being plundered.

I moved my cursor up to the web address bar at the top of my browser chrome. I clicked in the bar three times to position the cursor at the end of the URL, then backspaced out the numbers to arrive at "/net". Clicked Go. Went to the site's main page.

3d game arcade is a Non-human Pseudo Blog, because it simply aggregates content according to such search terms (in bold type in the blog) as: "computer", "computer game", "downloads", "games".

3d game arcade is a Vampire Blog, because it has no blog author content, even the sidebar seems is artificially contrived, a robotic list of previous automated posts.

This blogoid object may have been created by a human maybe, but it functions entirely without human intervention. Comments are not enabled. All you get are headlines of other bloggers' posts, with a little text.

3d game arcade is a Blogoid Object, because it is not a true blog, with opinions and links inserted personally by a real human author--and comments from readers appended to posts. This is merely "blogoid", meaning: imitating certain aspects of a true blog.

Vaspers the Grate brings you all the latest in technology.


Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Recommended Summer 2006 Music

Ambassador 21 presents: InvaZine Live Sets/Mixes MP3
Recommended ragga-core artists: Breakin' Stevens, Aaron Spectre, DJ C, Lingouf, Fragment King, DJ Ripley, Parasite, AZ Rotator, Bong Ra, Basek, Sleepbug vs. Capslock. I've got all these, current heavy rotation = Breakin' Stevens (w/Elvis & Beach Boys samples), Aaron Spectre (live @ Beat Research Boston), and Lingouf.

Ubu Web presents: Mauricio Kagel "Acustica" (1971) and "Der Schall" (1968) noise concertos by a famous genius avant composer.

Israel, Dana, web logs, seashells

Source: Pew Research Reports: US Public Support of Israel is Strong online.

I vote for Dana for Rock Star Supernova Idol Poobah Be-a-Star whatever show last night.

Dave Winer complains how the MSM still calls blogs "Web logs". Clueless assholes. See his NewSpaPer article for a laugh. More from Genius Blog Man, Mr. RSS Himself...


When people ask me what RSS is good for, I start with "automated web surfing." It gets you more news for the time you put into using the Internet.

If you don't want more news then RSS is probably not for you. But if there are subjects that you are intensely interested in, and if the people covering the topics also offer the information in RSS, then your computer (or a web site) can make web surfing a richer and perhaps more productive experience.

I could write about this (and have), but it would be widely flamed about, by the same people who control the conversation on Google.

AARP Survey says #1 goal of retirees: move to Florida, play softball, collect shells. Folks, that is a brain dead, self-righteous, Ungreatest generation. They are collecting more than seashells, they're using up a disproportionate amount of Social Security funds. Baby Boomers to Mosaics will have to be poor in old age.

Down with the Old Regime, up with the New We-gime.

David Weinberger buries the Old Regime

This from David Weinberger's JOHO newsletter that arrived in my inbox this morning.


The Encyclopedia Britannica has refused my request to interview an editor for 15 minutes about the process by which it chooses authors.

I explained that this is for a book.

But, the head of the Britannica's communications group decided -- based on -- what? -- that they don't want to support people who are "cheerleading for the downfall of businesses that they deem to be part of an old regime".

All part of the command-and-control mentality at some of our great institutions of knowledge.

Go team! Sis boom bah!


If you've ever been part of a story covered by a newspaper, it's a near certainty that you didn't think the story got it exactly right.

Even if there were no outright mistakes, you read it thinking that the emphasis was wrong, that it didn't quite capture all sides, that there was more to it than that, that a turn of phrase was prejudicial.

You would have written it slightly differently. At least.

This is not because reporters aren't good at their job. By and large they are, and it is hard job requiring skill, experience and persistence. It also generally doesn't pay that well. The problem is not with the reporters.


Yeah the Blog Pioneers are still harsh, abrasive, knockabout arguing Charlies trouncing the undead Old Regime of embittered hacks and losers.

Newer bloggers are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses:

Dave Weinberger, Rebecca Blood, Heather Armstrong, Doc Searls, Evan Williams, Chris Locke, Dave Winer, Tom Peters, Paul Woodhouse, Cory Doctorow, John C. Dvorak, Laura Ries, Katherine Stone, Dave Taylor, Jeffrey Veen, Peter Merholz, John Battelle, Perry DeHavilland, Yvonne Devita, Toby Bloomberg, Hugh Mcleod, Jason Kottke, Joi Ito, Roblimo, Constantin Basturea, Jeffrey Zeldman, Dave Sifry, Matt Mullenweg, Mark Cuban, Richard Edelman, Glenn Reynolds, Tim B-L, Laura Ries, NevOn, John Hagel III, Biz Stone, Debbie Weil, Lawrence Lessing, Chris Ritke, Jeremy Wright, Robert Scoble, Shel Israel, Dean Esmay, Jason Calacanis, Jorn Barger, Seth Godin...

...and many other brilliant minds...

...all defending The Blogos, the Beginning of the We-O-Sphere.

So freaking die already, Old Regime!

Long Live the We-O-Sphere!

From Me-O-Sphere to We-O-Sphere

What can I call a media revolution that implies self-manufactured and auto-distributed content?

As a blog author or reader, you are deeply involved in this social media frenzy that everybody's gone stark raving crazy about.

Old Economy is still hype, push, prod, irritate, Digital Rights Management rootkits, command & control, patriarchal, sexist, racist, and did I mention -- dead?

New Share Economy is everything free all the time, mostly. Free versions are fundamentally all you really need for basics, while paid versions are for the more expert users who need advanced tools.

Re-blogging and Reciprocal Commenting are examples of how we are advising each other, entertaining each other, and supporting each other's work...without any need for broadcast media, sales staff, editors, publishers, promoters, or censors.

You write a funny post on Blog Addicts or a hateful post on Blog Porn STD Carriers. I laugh. I quote it and link to it in my blog. We are enjoying and re-circulating each other's content. With no intermediaries, no ad agencies, no PR machines, no anchors, maybe even no advertising or commercials.

We are creating our own music, movies, radio stations (podcast channels), books (text blogs), and other online content.

We love (some of) what we're making, and (some of) what others make.

No advertising agency is telling us what we need and want. We know exactly what we want, and we're creating it ourselves, or know an online friend or fellow content producer-consumer who is.

Division between "consumer" and "producer"? Gone. Forever.

As my former band mate proclaims:

it's the End of Stardom.

Even if all we do is contribute comments to our favorite blogs, we are creating content. Remember: "comments" are actually free, voluntary CONTENT. Comments enrich a blog. Never post a comment just because you merely agree with, or wish to flatter, the blogger. Post some valuable contribution, your own insight, a specific praise to encourage, or whatever you can add to the conversation.

Even lurkers, those who haunt a blog and never post any comments, lurkers are also helping by increasing the traffic count, displayed on site meters, to the blog.

The Me-O-Sphere, which, when the narcissistic element is mixed with interaction between content creator-consumers, turns into the We-O-Sphere.

Me-O-Sphere: using blog text, audio, video, podcast, mp3, posts for Exhibitionism: narcissism, egotism. Approval addicts and self-obsessives.

We-O-Sphere: using blogs, chat, VoIP, email, etc. to interact, collaborate, and co-produce or share content, with others.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

aaron spectre video & Loren Feldman vs. text

Aaron Spectre aka Drumcorps aka Air Inspector
"live" ragga junglist DJ Feb. 2006 (2:30)

In Loren Feldman of 1938 Media's post "I Lied to Vaspers the Grate", he boldly asserts, with Dadaist flair, the superiority of the webcam over the keyboard.


[QUOTE] I don’t write more often because I think it is too easy to censor yourself. I’m not interested in doing that.

Writing gives you too much time to think. About everything. Most people don’t talk the way they write. There are pauses when you type. Time to reflect, write something witty, use a really cool analogy. It’s not real.

I use video because it is the purest form of communication you can have on the web. [END QUOTE]

I'm glad Loren pointed out the higher position occupied by video.

Vlogs are of higher attention/interest value and purposeability than text, podcast, and photo blogs.

Vlogging is The Next Big Thing. As Loren states, video is more pure a communication channel than text blogs. Video is more human, more of you appears, it's the bigger picture of who you are and what you do and what your company is.

Vlogging lets you show and tell.

Vlogging is dumping us on the teetering tip of the bridge that takes us to full and constant CompuTelepathy, as Loren and I have agreed to in a Skype Chat conversation.

internet > web > blogosphere > podosphere > vlogosphere > web conferencing glogosphere > computelepathic nation

ride your blog to the bitter end

Your blog is the New You.

In the laboratory of the blog platform, and surrounded by this great cloud of witnesses, the fellowship and suffering of the blogosphere, you perform HTML, RSS, and psychological experiments.

You define, refine, and re-define yourself, your cause, your company.

Ride it to the bitter end, your blog. It's your friend. It may sometimes be your only true companion on the narrow way of the blog core values.

Stand back and gaze. This time I'll let you stare in fond devotion at your blog. It is your achievement, your work of art and personal presence, your path through the digital jungle.

Today is local Blog Appreciation Day, a time to look in awe and admiration at Other Blogs as well as your own.

Ride your blog to the bitter end. Let no one deter you. Not even you. Finish what you began. Ferret out new ways to enhance it. I strongly recommend Video Posts. Especially for all you CEOs and artist-musicians out there.

Enter the Podosphere (podcasts) and the Vlogosphere (video blogging).

Come out from behind your computer and show yourself, warts and worries included. Establish an animated version of who you are, in serious and trying to be funny moments.

Ride your blog through text, audio, photo, and video.

Monday, July 24, 2006

power of purposelessness

I ate a bowl of vomit for lunch today. -- parody of vanity blog postings.

How many times have you done something for no reason outside of the act itself? For itself alone, and without any imposed meaning or subservient goal? Done something for the sheer joy and delight of it?

Not even for personal fulfillment or satisfaction? Just doing it because you like it, or, even better, because you feel it must be done?

Blogging can be like that.

You may be improving your blog design, writing style, topic relevance, and entertainment value...but getting few reactions. Still, you continue in the direction you set upon, because you feel confident you're on the right track.

Why would few people respond to what you're doing?

Maybe -- they are lazy, or inarticulate, or overwhelmed with work, or in a big hurry, or, perhaps, they're jealous of you. There could be many reasons your improvements result in nothing externally. You may be too far ahead of the curve, which makes mediocres very uncomfortable.

When you read about John Milton, Galileo, Thomas Jefferson, Blake, Robbes-Grillet, Rimbaud, Picasso, Dali, Varese, Ussachevsky, Martin Luther, Hemingway, Dickens, Martin Luther King Jr., John Cage, and other great reformers and innovators, you learn about Opposition and Attack.

Some great thinkers and change agents suffered horribly. Milton wrote Paradise Lost during blindness and extreme poverty and hardship. Many artists do their best work under terrible conditions, loneliness, betrayal, heart ache, depression, and despair.

You don't need "purpose", "goals", or "meaning" as much as the pop psyche guys tell you. What you do need is stubborn determination to stick with something. Something you know is right. Even when it seems burdensome and meaningless and without "desired results".

Business today is too much about a quick profit, then cheapening the product, generally by outsourcing, without passing the savings on to the retail store owners or the consumers. This is very greedy and fucked up.

So keep performing your music, selling your computers, teaching your pupils, launching your space shuttles, sewing your fashions, writing your blog, painting your art, composing your poems, building your ethical business. Be blind and deaf to negative slurs and demotivating losers.

Keep at it. The reward is great, both material and immaterial.

Of Milton's complex and troubled career in controversy, we need not say much.

...He began by publishing antiprelatical tracts, against government of the church by bishops. These are rough, knockabout, name-calling pamphlets in the style of the times...

...Milton was much embittered by ridicule of his ideas.

[Regarding Paradise Lost]...despite the many difficulties that it presented, despite its unfamiliar meter (blank verse was rare outside drama), despite the unpopularity of its attitudes and Milton's reputation as a dangerous man, it [Paradise Lost] was recognized at once as a supreme epic achievement.

--Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Major Authors

the machine tyranny

How much do you eat the machines that are eating you? We must be nice to the machines, as they may be have mercy and be somewhat kind to us as they eliminate us. We should be friendly to the machines. We no hate machine. We obey machine. We maybay. We machine. Machine.

Vaspers the Grate "the machine tyranny" (2:40)

Sunday, July 23, 2006

CompuMusik Very Strange video

Experience the irreversible madness and formal beauty of this voice/noise/sound collage, from CompuMusik "Galaxies Who Shaped Our Knowledge" CD (2006). Video by Brandy Brev.

CompuMusik "Very Strange" (4:47)

poor pool of mediocrity

Dieter, a fellow I made electronic music with in the mid 90s, emailed me some poignant snarly literature.

It's a lengthy debate we're having, full of messages overflowing with torrential musings on The Muse, the clues, paying dues, who's fit to choose (define what is musical vs. what is non-musical, etc.) and other fine arts topics.

Here's what I call The Dieter Challenge, from his email to me last night.

[QUOTE--by Dieter]


The problem with the web and other internet based marketing is that it only seems to be viewed by poor kids who are all competing with each other through those very realms -- so they are filled with mediocrity, and they have no potential to make any cash, so they are really pointless to me.


I'm still under the theory that good work will sell its self.

Rather than worry about how I'm gonna sell shit, I put my energy into trying to first create something worth selling - then it should just sell it's self. I don't claim to have achieved this yet, but I'm close.

I can say though that when I do create a product worth selling, I probably wouldn't sell it the way all these kids are with the internet shit because then I'm just putting it into a pool of mediocrity.

I would want what I do to stand out and for the extra talent and effort to be known.

Every kid with a PC is putting their shit out on Ipod and file sharing sites and there is just no way to sort through all that crap ...

... plus it makes no money, since the only people who seem to visit or be into those places are people who have no money and are making music, most of the people there are trying to sell shit or just get it heard, not buy it.


What say you, cowgirl?

Post a comment and voice your well considered opinion.

#1 YouTube most viewed video 7-23-06

335,655 views; 1,291 comments; favorited 1,758 times. Funny slam against white racism.
"Mac Spoof: Performance" (0:44)

player hate

You don't want to blog, that's too trendy. You're too hip for that. You don't care about net labels, podcasts, or social media. You belong in the future, you don't belong here. And your inappropriateness for this world makes us now begin to honor you and want to subsidize you...PLAYER HATE.

You don't care about marketing or sales, you will produce perfection, and that perfection will sell itself, unaided by any external forces...PLAYER HATE.

You say technology has ruined music, now any kid with a PC and a sampler (etc.), making garbage calling it music (etc.) -- but True Music, the ambient sounds of nature and traffic, the Music of God and Environment, that sounds perfectly fine to me...PLAYER HATE.

You say what you do is a lost art, real music you call it, but the only dying art I know of is sword swallowing, and I'm not sure how one practices that, begin with toothpicks, perhaps?

And music began with crickets and birds, not humans...

therefore: all human sounds, from Beethoven to Beatles and Britney, are manufactured "noise", extraneous and non-satiating, vainglorious exhibitionism of narcissistic defect, springing like flimsy dreams from dubious inner darkness, while nature sounds are the Only Real and True Music in this very noisy galaxy colliding and amoeba splitting cosmos...PLAYER HATE.

You shun mass marketed technology, but have a cell phone (burning a microwavelet hole into your brain), yet you rejoice to proclaim that you do not have, you proudly refuse to have, an interactive free sample site, you offer no free items to hook up customers with a taste, just words floating in the air, grandiosity fueled by sensitivity...

but enlightened Other Thans already know: all man-made music is artificial, pretend, eternally amateur din, just crooning and clamor that is defined and structured according to the composer's libido, tradition or peers, and "musical" theory sympathies...PLAYER HATE.

"Music is rarefied [refined, enriched] air." -- Busoni (Futurist composer)

CompuMusik: "unnatural noise" (6:07)
from -- the void blue human CD--video by Brandy Brev!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

10 Commandments of CEO Blogging

Vaspers the Grate Executive Training
"10 Commandments of CEO Blogging" (7:49)
Learn the rules for successful corporate blogging: reciprocal commenting, Sarbanes-Oxley transparency, flames vulnerability, blogos participation, digital charisma, non-abandonment clauses, etc.

what CEOs should blog about

Vaspers the Grate
"what CEOs should blog about" (5:56)
Build credibility for your CEO blog, by sharing with your readers your experiences, insights, historical facts, expertise, anecdotes, and lessons learned.