Screen Capture: Marisa Olson
For the sizable chunk of my readership who don’t follow Nasty Net conversation threads, a heated exchange and temporary shut down of the blog (Nasty Nets was replaced by a giant puppy for two days,) ensued after I challenged Jason Kottke on the idea that group curated blogs, Nasty Nets among them, represent a new and improved form of art curating. The point of the original post was both to point out the issues for the reader in group blogs, and to challenge the notion that design and fine art were one giant interchangeable field of study. Nasty Nets was mentioned, both because the increased number of users has introduced a slew of problems normally associated with user blogs (ie too many posts to follow the blog properly, watered down content), but also because I think the net community, myself included, has at times mislabeled the blog as a whole as art (a mistake I ironically make in my own post.)
As for what happened on the thread, one member reacted poorly to the criticism, which since spawned a chain of heated commentary, including my own over reaction, and some selected blinking Dre lyrics. In short, none of the discussion of this nature has been very constructive. Since the original post was meant to engender conversation, as opposed to being divisive, I reopen the thread with that spirit.