Sunday, April 20, 2003

It's still here. Trees, roots, rhizomes. Funny how life comes full circle, spreads out far enough and wide enough that the edges end up folding back in on themselves. Yep. that theoretical bit's still there. Glad to re-encounter it.

Friday, October 25, 2002

Holy smokes! I really thought this blog HAD died - I kept getting an error message, saying that the page could not be found. Well in the intervening monthis since I last posted here, it appears that my template spontaneously changed - weird.

Monday, March 11, 2002

Crap! It appears I am having posting issues. And I just wrote one that, even if it wasn't cool, I would have liked to keep. Perhaps this blog should die.

Sunday, March 10, 2002

I think I was trying to kill the rhizome, but it just wouldn't die. Napster got shut down and dragged through court, now the Morpheus/Kazaa fiasco. If these events can't kill the rhizomatic structure that is p2p networks, I have no chance (not that I want to kill the p2p networks - referring more to the theoretical rhizome that this site was inteded to be).

Wow, I was a little angry in my last post. Oram's recent article on OpenP2p is more up my alley. I completely agree that there are dangers on relying on the modes and methods of "old" media for a new medium, such as digitial music/video. I actually think that, on a larger scale, this is one of the biggest problems with the Internet, and not just on the level of content delvery: socially, culturally, the Internet reinforces the same old structures of power that were supposed to go away on the new, egalitarian, hierarchy-resistant net. With the exception of blogger and a few other really user-friendly examples, the Internet still seems to be a place where simialr types of power and privilege are valued. It's a bit disheartening for me.

More on this later, it's early (or late, depending on how you see it) here on the east coast. Just wanted to remind my audience of one that this spot still exists and needs a lot of growing.

Friday, November 16, 2001

Been busy writing the paper on this stuff and so I haven't posted here for a few days. I just wanted to rant/rave for a moment: check this out
Peer-to-Peer for Academia
. Grrr! I love that Oram tries to situate p2p technologies in the academy - I agree entirely that the colleges and universities are places where these emerging technologies should be researched, developed, and implelemented. I also agree that Napster, as scary as it was to administrators, does not represent p2p as a whole. My concern is that Oram seems to consider R&D and a few p2p-type applications (especially file sharing) to be the main emphases. As an instructir and as a humanities scholar, I think there are a lot more interesting things that p2p can bring to education - specifically to undergraduate education. R&D is important, to be sure. But who is supposed to be served by a university?

Tuesday, November 13, 2001

Here I am puzzling about faciality and rhizomes and nomadology - sitting at my desk, thinking about Deleuze and Guattari and computers and peer-to-peer, and I am not sure if my head's spinning or the room is spinning, but either way the spinning seems to have increased in pace, in speed (?) so much that everything has slowed down again? And temporarily, for a moment, in some way, everything that I am trying to do makes sense. Right now, I think I could explain all of this to just about anyone - but in a few moments, I know that this instant of clarity, born out of chaos, will be gone. The question is - does it matter? I have to go get some of this down on paper/screen before all of the good ideas pour out of my ears, never to be seen or heard from again.

Monday, November 12, 2001

Here's my thought for the day: I teach freshman composition right now and I have included a cultural analysis unit in the class. Being interested in technology, I try to bring up the internet and other computer technologies/applications during this section of the course. Today we discussed AIM, ICQ, and other IM applications. For the third semester in a row, I asked my students if they used AIM, etc. to talk to people they have never met IRL and the answer, for three semesters in a row, was a resounding "No!" I know people still use chat, and I know some people still forge relationships through online communication, but is this a widespread trend? Are these technologies now being used for relationship maintenance instead of relationship creation?