• Anonymous

    Paddy, did you talk about your IMG MGMT series at all? That has been one of the brighter lights shining through this foggy topic. You curate the essayists, the essayists curate online “artifacts” they care about, the artifacts lead to more content– the whole spreads out, ahem, rhizomatically, taking the reader further and further away from the original cult of expertise and deeper into realms where they have to make their own judgments. Almost 10 years ago William Gibson wrote about “the otaku, the passionate obsessive, the information age’s embodiment of the connoisseur, more concerned with the accumulation of data than of objects…” Gibson felt that “understanding otaku -hood [was] one of the keys to understanding the culture of the web. There is something profoundly post-national about it, extra-geographic. We are all curators, in the post-modern world, whether we want to be or not.” ( http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2001/apr/01/sciencefictionfantasyandhorror.features )

    The blogging tools you and Sorgatz are talking about are high tech ways to fine-tune personal obsessions and make them marketable (if not financially then in terms of building readership). Yet at the same time we are told newsreaders such as Bloglines and Google Reader are falling out of fashion. I wonder if Zuckerberg’s vision of “connection” and “likes” chips away at the authority of the obsessive–in the world of corporate social media, everyone needs to know about everything in order to be the best informed consumers of paid-for goods and services, and the old web of carefully cultivated “weird” collections begins to disappear.

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  • Artfagcity

    I didn’t talk about IMG MGMT, though I definitely should have. I tried not to talk too long about the projects in general, as the beginning of the panel got bogged down with too much detail about such things, and didn’t really seem to be the focus.

    We talked a fair bit about blogging tools, but that’s really Rex’s strength not mine. I use them, but I’m not an early adopter, and I care about them the way publishers and marketing experts like Rex do. One of the questions I wished we spent a little more time on, is *why* so many people spend so much time “curating” online, and the distinctions between various user groups. I mean, artists are a very unique kind of user – it would have been nice to focus on the art itself a little more. In a certain way, I’m much more interested in how things migrate off the net than what they are doing online.

    Also, you’re right, the web inspires this frantic need to know everything. We discussed this a little, but we really only touched on the surface. There’s so much information out there, what’s scarce are the people with the ability to effectively filter it. I suspect that drives some of this need.

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