Why I Care About This Criss-Crossed Mess of Wires that Spans the Globe

This is a really incredible video essay on the fast-paced evolution of the internet and how it’s necessitating that we redefine major aspects of our lives. It’s also interesting and beautifully executed. It artfully illustrates what I’m so passionate about right now. Please watch it. For me?[cvideotube=6gmP4nk0EOE]Added Guilt Manipulation: Being able to show this to you was so important to me that I bothered to go through the stressful hassle of upgrading my blog system and destroying my precious design template just so i could install the b2evolution embedded youtube plugin hack (which, by the way, works great). So watch the movie, okay?

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5 Responses to “Why I Care About This Criss-Crossed Mess of Wires that Spans the Globe”

  1. Alan Bostick Says:

    Hahaha! that thing is essentially unquotable, unless one freezes frames and runs OCR on it.

    I find the idea of celebrating the alleged separation of form and content to be deeply misguided. Look at Web design: The original conception was to make the browser do the work of rendering — separating the content of the Web page with the style that the browser imposed upon it. But for some peculiar reason creators want to have a substantial measure of control over how their Web creations are rendered. And so we get elaborate cascading style sheets so that the creator/publisher regains a large measure of control over how the browser renders the resulting page.

    Samuel R. Delany convinced me a long time ago that the attempt to separate style from content was in fact impossible: without the exercise of style, content cannot exist.

    In the end, it isn’t the amazing new ways of reconstructing the meaning of humanity that draws me to the Internet; it’s that publishing on the Web is a f*ck of a lot cheaper and easier than typing mimeograph stencils, running them off, collating and stapling the pages, and mailing the result to my readers.

  2. Julie Says:

    Sarah, I just read your essay from the last Writ which I was very moved by. Wanted to let you know that I miss you and miss talking with you. I am stunned and impressed with the heroic amount of work and ideas you publish.
    :)

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Alan —

    I agree that we continually refuse to give up style control — we’re an artsy crew, us geeks. I also agree that content and style are linked in the development; that’s a great point. And I ABSOLUTELY agree that the internet is the fastest, cheapest, most accessible publishing medium in existence and that that’s damned cool.

    But I do think that the ability to affect style without touching content and vice versa is important and INCREDIBLY useful, from a development standpoint. Take the fact that I’m running on a crappy default pink template right now. My content didn’t die, and everyone’s RSS feeds haven’t changed, and that’s a major sigh of relief for me.

    Additionally, I would like to emphasize that I am most definitely here to reconstruct the meaning of humanity, thankyouverymuch.

    But I’ll hang out with you anyway. :)

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Julie! Thank you so much for the comment! You continue to impress me with your amazing creativity. What are you up to these days? I miss you — come to SF!

  5. elkit Says:

    I said exactly the same thing in my blog: “watch this – it illustrates perfectly why I love the interwebs.”

    See you on those tubes …