Sunday, August 27, 2006

deconstructing Dave Winer's blogocombat

Here's your intense Sunday Vaspers post: I "deconstruct" a Mr. Dave Winer, a sample of some combative statements he recently made, that I admired.

Really, this post can be safely skipped, seeing as it's just another infotaining and rambling lecture, cleverly disguised as a rudimentary running commentary of another guy's blog post.

A Scripting News post that I found highly instructive and inspiring. Hope you love it as much as I do. Check out the RSS Info Miracle, streaming online news rivers.

Click on the New York Times newspaper image in my sidebar, and you'll see the NYTimes River. I love it. Linked heads and one sentence decks, that's all. No ads, no logo, nothing but info flow.

"Internet time" by Dave Winer (excerpt).


Actually, there is lots that's new in what I'm doing now,

[VASPERS: And how about YOU, blogger? Is there "a lot new" in what you're doing with your blog? Have you learned how to template tweak? Upload digital photos? Embed video players? Why not?

If you refuse to refine and evolve, your readers will move on ahead and leave you behind.]

except it was new in 1999, when I was doing it for the first time.

[VASPERS: Here we have the pioneer blogger still stooping down to us cranky consumers of his information, still trying to explain himself to his jejune audience. Someday, I may try doing that, explaining, defending, and justifying myself. Too busy now, but someday...]

And as you can see from Bob Stepno's piece, the concept is as old as journalism. He's saying the same thing that Paul Kedrosky said, without being condescending. (We should give awards to people who find a way of giving feedback without attacking someone on a personal level. Stepno, who is a gentle person, would rate high.)

[VASPERS: Now we see the blogger making an observation about blogocombat. Still, this issue of online debate pre-occupies the A Listers, and rightly so.]

Some wise old fart once said, "Everything on the Internet is just like something else. Or if it's any good it's just like everything else."

So, we've been having this discussion about whether or not something is new, for a long time. And it's such a waste of time, because whether it's new or not is hardly the issue. Doc Searls gets that and says it well. What's new is that people are getting it and they're happy!

I think sometimes that's a big problem for some of the kvetchers and complainers, they just don't want anyone to be happy. If you're feeling happy, don't worry, we can fix that!

[VASPERS: Aha! See? I feel oddly justified externally now: Dave Winer is rappin' 'bout Player Haters, one of my favorite, though slightly sour, topics lately.

Player Haters: your friendly fire comrades and family members who hate to see you happy and successful. They complain, and gripe, and act clueless.

"Now, what's all this fuss about blogs and RSS?" they whine half-heartedly, in a hurry to get the explanation over with, so they can jabber annoyingly about their boring trivial crud life.
It annoys them that their plans fail and yours do too, but you keep on trying.

They're scared you'll eventually succeed big time, and make them feel even worse, you rotten little turd-like over-achieving perfectionist scumbag. Ha! They're just so darn cute and funny, I can't get angry at Player Haters, like my Judas nemesis, Chillroom. It's all satire and manly entertainment.]

I love that one of the jackasses who says I'm an idiot

[VASPERS: I interupt this post to focus our attention on what just happened: a pioneer A Lister blogger and RSS genius, he just called someone a bad word. A "jackass". Heh.

The blogosphere is a rough and tumble wild west. Blogging is about authenticity, confrontation, and angry. Get used to it. Pack plenty of online ammunition. I do. We now return to our regularly scheduled programming...]

also happens to be squatting on the "generic" domain in this area. Yeah I'm working for the asshole, but he isn't smart enough to avoid kicking me in the ass as I make him a bunch of money. Isn't that the height of stupidity? (Don't worry, I bought, just for fun.)

[VASPERS: I am blown away by the NYTimes news river. Got a link to it in my sidebar, see the New York Times newspaper clickable button in my sidebar.]

People said, in 2004, that podcasting was an instant success that could only happen in Internet Time. Uh huh. Except that we started pushing it in January 2001, and didn't arrive at the right pitch until the summer of 2004.

Of course the world had to change too, it helped that there were lots of iPods and people were receptive to thinking about new ways to use MP3.

A picture named blueShirtKhakiPantsMBA.jpgWe were excited about WAP in January 2000, and we (UserLand) made it so Manila automatically generated WAP and WML from each site's home page. Where did that go? Nowhere, because no one was using mobile stuff then, they were just having conferences about it.

[VASPERS: "they were just having conferences about it." LOL. Sounds a bit like Web 2.0, and Blogger Pow Wows of assorted genders and issues, usually just getting wasted and gossiping about other bloggers who aren't there.]

You have to stick with ideas if you want to actually deliver.

[VASPERS: Thus, do NOT abandon your blog and its meager or colossal audience, do NOT stop dreaming, do NOT bow down before Player Haters, flamers, trolls, baiters, and jealous band mates or VPs.]

No doubt there are people with khaki pants and blue shirts, MBAs, and mid-range BMWs, raising money right now with VCs to do what you see me doing here. They don't like old Jewish guys who use their hands when they talk. I think they're scared we might hug them.

Anyway, some of the khaki dudes will get rich, and some of them will meet me at a TechCrunch party one day and thank me for the work I'm doing now.

Your crazy uncle,



Hey Dave...thanks NOW for what you did back in the old ancient blogging era, for pioneering a territory that you continue to lead the charge through, valiantly, defiantly, and gallantly.


Rock on, brother.


Humour and last laugh said...

Every deconstruction entails a reconstruction?

steven edward streight said...

Technically speaking, "deconstruction" means a close reading, usually comparing both other writings of the author, and similar writings on the same subject, by other authors.

Purpose of deconstructive analysis is to show self-contradictory patterns in the structure of a prolonged argument, or to examine minutely what traditional, pre-deconstructive interpreters marginalized as incidental and insignificant.

Finding clues and blatant discrepencies in hitherto difficult text and context.