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• Small Pieces From 2003-03-06 •

Ceci n'est pas une vache

This not a link to the Raging Cow blog.

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• Small Pieces From 2003-01-05 •

Dialectics is an amusing machine that leads us (in banal fashion) to the opinions which we would have held in any case.

End of cross blog citation in honor of Fishrush. (Go here to begin this thought)

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• Small Pieces From 2002-08-13 •

Um, where is the post I posted here earlier today? Anyway, I thought I had psoted an advance notice, taken from Scott Rosenberg's weblog, of a Salon dual-review of two books, one of which is Small Pieces. But that post doesn't seem to be here. Maybe I fucked it up. But the article is up now, lead story on salon.com -- an excerpt:

But the same people who got the Internet business so wrong got the Internet story wrong, too. IPOs and e-commerce and "network effect" growth rates were dazzling ephemera. But while magazine editors' eyes were transfixed by the business's convulsions, big things were happening under their noses: E-mail was transforming the workplace and the social landscape. Personal Web sites became "advertisements for myself" for the masses. "Communities of interest" -- devotees of certain obscure handicrafts; critics of certain large companies; followers of certain public policy debates -- formed and splintered and reformed in numbers too great to compile. New galaxies of communication coalesced, far off the familiar big-media grid.

It's this story that's addressed by "Small Pieces Loosely Joined" -- an odd but wonderful series of essays by David Weinberger about how profoundly the Net is changing our lives. "Bamboozled at the Revolution" is trade-magazine reporting; "Small Pieces" is armchair philosophy. Still, you can learn far more about why and how the media lost their way online from Weinberger's musings on the nature of Web reality than from Motavalli's chronicles of boardroom chaos.

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• Small Pieces From 2002-07-14 •

That metaphor seems strangely apt. If you put a million monkeys without diapers in a room filled with word processors, surely it wouldn't belong before they produced a book better than this one.

I don't know about that. The book has been out for awhile now. And it seems to have taken the above solitary monkey a rather long time to start flinging his shit around.

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• Small Pieces From 2002-07-10 •

Judging by the stuff a google search for his byline uncovers, Mr Futrelle specialises in whinging his way from one fluffy dotcom mag to another without ever saying anything worth remembering.

You can get away with writing sniping pieces , but only if you are witty and the target deserves it.

Brush off this gnat and move on to those who appreciate you- apart from AKMA, I said nice things about you here for example...

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• Small Pieces From 2002-07-09 •

Mr. Futrelle writes, if that is what this fact-free riffology may be called, for Money. I see AKMA has offered a far more constructive comment over on his blog.

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Yikes, that's not baiting, it's snagging.

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• Small Pieces From 2002-07-07 •

You want some David-baiting? There's a savage review in the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A26278-2002Jul4.html Now that's David-baiting!

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