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Passel of stuff to read. Posted on 04/30/2002.

You know, this morning I found myself taking in Ray Davis' Bellona Times (formerly "The Hotsy-Totsy Club"), and berating myself for not visiting more often. Of particular recent merit: his take on cognitive linguistics, particularly issues of classification.

Via RRE comes "Machined Politics", a story of how some politicians are cleverly utilizing the internet. The point here: the internet *is* changing things, but in small ways, not through a revolution. But the accretion of these tiny shifts will lead to a sea change, be sure.

Via jill/txt comes a link to a thoughtwander on spatiality and digital networks.

And to her own credit, Jill has posted an essay she wrote with Torill Mortensen called "Blogging Thoughts: personal publication as an online research tool." From the essay:

Many professionals keep weblogs, and they often use their blogs to reflect upon their work, to follow developments in the field and to publish ideas. Information architects12 and graphic designers are among the most prominent webloggers, and they often use their weblogs in a highly sophisticated manner. Much of the material processed and discussed in these weblogs is clearly research. University academics have been slower to adapt to the form.

When people ask me, "where can I learn about information architecture?", the best set of resources I can point them to are weblogs and mailing lists. I find this fascinating both in the development of a discipline, as well as in the development of the format for discussing this discipline. I wouldn't be surprised if, 5 years from now, every discipline is using weblogs and mailing lists to advance and test their ideas.

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The PDF on weblogs is surprisingly lucid, as academic claptrap goes.
Posted by jjg @ 05/01/2002 10:12 AM PST [link to this comment]

yes, but is it still claptrap?
Posted by peterme @ 05/01/2002 12:00 PM PST [link to this comment]

It must be, since we managed to get it past peer review and into an academic publication. I'm glad we managed to thwart the system by at least making it somewhat lucid ;)

I agree with you, Peter, that weblogs are one of the best places to learn about most things related to the web at all. I do still read other stuff, but I find so many ideas and ideas for ideas (if you follow me) by reading blogs. And by blogging.
Posted by Jill @ 05/01/2002 08:28 PM PST [link to this comment]

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