Albion reimagined, blogosphere rebooted

Paul Watson (ov thee Lazarus Corporation) has been reading vintage anarcho-utopias:

Despite the clumsiness of info-dumps and/or other literary faults, fiction — or any other artform — is far better at describing, and igniting the imagination aboutdifferent potential futures than any dry political tract (or indeed blogpost) filled with jargon, references, and footnotes. That’s why even frothing right-wing libertarians spend more time trying to get people to read Ayn Rand’s terrible novels rather than pushing people to read a formal socio-economic treatise on the subject.

Something wonderful appears to be happening: blogs long dormant are firing furtively into signs of new life in the dusty reaches of my RSS reader, making me very glad I didn’t hoover out all of the much-loved number stations that had seemingly stopped for good. (Joanne McNeil thinks it’s a (qualified) good idea, though Jeffrey Moro has some concerns.)

Sadly not all of them have comments fields (which I guess I can forgive, remembering how that all went down), and others are using third-party horrors like Discus (folks, if Farcebork is a log-in option, you’re spreading Zuckerbot’s cookie-cooties for him); hell knows who’s still got pingbacks running, or has any reliable way of clocking incoming links other than G**gle’s analytics package. But perhaps we can nonetheless find a way not to rebuild the old blogosphere, but build a new one — one wiser to its own weaknesses, more mindful of its strengths. Watson again:

The way to start to change society is to just do it, not to wait for an election (or revolution), nor to wait for someone else to do it. There’ll be no Big Event that signals your permission to start making the world better, and even if there was you wouldn’t be able to afford a ticket anyway, as most of them would have been given to VIPs via corporate hospitality before they went on general sale.

Be the change you want to see, innit?

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2 thoughts on “Albion reimagined, blogosphere rebooted”

  1. Commenting is the one thing that has me stuck too. I love reading blogs via tt-rss on my phone/tablet, but replying is a faff, with logins and screen keyboards. Either some way to use mobile-friendly replies, like being able to send an email, or transferring the page to a physical keyboard device might be a good flow.

    WebMention – – is something I’ve seen people play with, which harks back to the old Pingback days. A mobile friendly client for that could combine a way of publishing content away from the usual comment forms and federated logins.

    (And slightly confusing, there’s an option to login via Facebook just beneath this comment box…)

  2. I may not be regular, but I’m at least trying to keep the blog fires alive. Even if it’s only in my head, sometimes. Gravatar was a sort-of universal login thing, back in the day, but it seems to have died.

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