Warren Ellis continues to speak with better grace than I.
This is something I was talking about with a friend on a private forum
last night. It’s been in my head for a couple of weeks. I’m going to
road test the notion here.
Combat big media. Use the web.
day, people release new creative work on to the web. Prose, essays
(often in blog form), art, photography, music, animation, video, spoken
word, whatever. The web, and a bunch of free or cheap tools, gives the
creator access to the full spectrum of media for web broadcast.
gives you the ability to subscribe to other LJs, which you read on a
dynamically updating page – your own channel of selected content.
Expand that up a bit.
Take Dr Joshua Ellis’ notion of “taste tribes,” small communities connected by a shared aesthetic.
you and your tribe — and if you’re all on Tribe.net, you can grab a
bit of code from the site that displays you all on a sidebar on your
website — select out the content streams on the web you like. Your
favourite online comics, the internet radio stations you like, the
artists who put new mp3s and art and photography on their sites, etc.
You grab some webspace. Your Hub, if you like.
you cause to be created a system whereby the Hub is informed when one
of your selected sites updates. The way a blog puts a new entry at the
top. The way a new piece by a favoured LJ appears at the top of your
You’ve just built a multimedia channel in webspace.
Go take a look. Some very smart people have been commenting.