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Some Thoughts On Nooz. Posted on 09/10/2001.

"Variety of Brash Magazines Upset the Old Stereotypes", New York Times. I find the subject of 'new feminism,' 'post feminism,' or, as labelled here, 'third-wave feminism,' quite interesting. In large part, because I love it. I think feminism that embraces femininity is great. I respect the p.o.v. of the old-guard feminists, but as a young 'un, I find their viewpoints tend to toward the condescending.

"And The Winner Is -- Dell", SF Chronicle. The author's thesis is that Dell Computer has prospered, even without technical innovation. Like this is surprising. Dell's innovation was a business model that responded to customer need. People have no desire for 2Ghz chips. But they definitely seem to enjoy simple ways of building machines that suit their specific needs.

"Uncertain Future for Online Cards", New York Times. I've been sending web postcards ever since Judith Donath first put up the Electric Postcard Server. I love Web postcards. The idea, though, that anyone ever thought they could make any serious money off of such things is, well, kind of silly. Though, I find the Hallmark executive pooh-poohing web postcards in favor of broadband is offensive as well... The simplicity of web postcards will ensure their popularity long after technology has progressed. There's something about the sending of this simple token, even virtually, that taps into something very human. No technology will change that.

Oh, and peterme readers will likely want to follow that Judith Donath link--she's got a bunch of great papers on online communities, and a recent publication called "Mediated Faces," about using representations of faces in human communication online.

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