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September 28, 2007

Jan's New Site

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

In a recent posting about website-making software I made quick mention of a wonderful culture-intellectual website known as Jahsonic. Word now comes that Jan, the inspired brain behind the site, is building a wiki version of Jahsonic. Go here and lose yourself in supersmart yet accessible pieces on irresistable topics like sex, film, art, and Camille Paglia. A reference book with a point of view -- as Rachael Ray might say, What's not great about that? Jan has already posted over 12,000 articles (many derived from Wikipedia) and is still at work. I'd love to see more people with powerful brains, info, and thinking to share build online wikis of what they have to say. (Friedrich von Blowhard, are you listening?) I think that my own version of an ideal website would be a cross between a blog and a wiki ...

Best,

Michael

posted by Michael at September 28, 2007




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I went browsing there and reading and enjoyed myself, but of the three pieces I read, two were Amazon.com's proprietary reviews. Jan may be inviting some trouble there.

Posted by: Peter L. Winkler on September 29, 2007 10:57 PM



Dear Peter,

If you read Amazon reviews you must have spent time on Jahsonic.com. Artandpopularculture.com does not feature proprietary reviews. Jahsonic.com was my earliest online effort at self-education which allowed me to arrive at a "vocabulary of culture", and the artists, theorists and tropes connected to them.

Dear Michael,
Thanks for plugging 'art and pop'. I am glad you mentioned the bliki phenomenon. You analyzed it correctly when you said the blog format encourages currency and the ephemeral, whereas the wiki symbolizes longevity.

Part of the reason of starting my own wiki was dissatisfaction with the policies at Wikipedia, their notability criteria which are different from mine, and their increasingly annoying political correctness (some say this, others say this, ...). The early days of Wikipedia were quite different. Part of my work is therefore to expose the inherent, but invisible biases of Wikipedia and other encyclopedias.

The way I see the bliki format is like this: the front end, one's posts are pretty much as in regular blogs. The back-end or the underlying layer of a bliki is where people can choose. You either 'plug-in' Wikipedia, if you are a ultra-right nationalist, you plug in metapedia.org, if you are conservative you plug in conservapedia.com. If you are into Zappa, you plug in the Zappa Wiki Jawaka.

All this allows like minded bloggers or bliki-ers to find themselves in the same namespace.

To illustrate what I mean, I have made an entry at my wiki for 2 Blowhards here. 'Plug in' this post at Wikipedia and you will get different links, ergo different meanings.

Yours
Jan

Posted by: Jan Geerinck on September 30, 2007 8:46 AM






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