A single territory is mapped to the Net. This territory is also a set of codes that inscribe writing in a certain fashion–in the desire for immediate response, without delay, in the manner of analysis of mass communications; and the desire for the frontier, the unexplored, in the manner of (neo)colonialism. For Thornton, the two share something, mutual properties. In fact, are these not the reinscriptions of “notions” of “property,” in the digital? Is not the issue the desire for staking a claim, a blog, as property, to which the visitor, as trespasser or guest, must respond? And not only in the digital, but through a writing and a desire mediated through an elaborate web of technics–writing to Net. To elaborate (with all cautions, scare quotes): “conquest,” “nation-state,” “citizenship,” of “nationalism” in general, of the “frontier” and the “colony,” the “undiscovered country,” the “wild” and the “tame,” the “clash of civilizations.” A possible translation, through a delay, for the list above. These notions inscribed in the writing of the blogworld, upon the structures of the Internet, the multiple ways in which the blogworld constructs its values, links, history, popularity, effects–affects.
.. definitly these points touch the usual definitions and habits acted out in the scarcely defined space of internet, which in contrast to that is occupied through precasted meanings. Still I imagine there some possibilities to use the gaps in that generated space to process through the structures of the Internet, the multiple ways in which the blogworld constructs its values, links, history, popularity, effects–affects. The development of the blogs is one form, a kind of stage, which gives ‘side’ actors a chance to appear within this defined space, leave marks and eventually influence the positioning of the staged items through the mentioned structures. What I think interesting about the blog is the definition of a space through a kind of identity processing, which develops some new forms at large not appearing yet.
.. and also via quarantcrossing.org comes the reminder for this conference on collaboration & cooperation.