January 11, 2009

Walt Crawford "Discursive Glossary"

Walt Crawford has a "Discursive Glossary" as the latest Cites & Insights edition, starting "A was for AAC", which gives a good idea of why it's of interest (AAC == "Advanced Audio Coding, the form of lossy compression used by Apple iTunes"). He disclaims the previous edition "was a set of miniature essays organized as a glossary. Neither is this set intended as more than a set of commentaries."

But mainly this post is because it has an entry about me, and still in Newish Year mode, it's actually a capsule summary. He writes:

Finkelstein, Seth

Then: A consulting programmer and censorware activist and researcher; youíll find lots more at sethf.com, including Finkelsteinís own weblog. Cites & Insights uses "censorware" rather than "filters" after reading and considering Finkelsteinís arguments...

Now: The blog, Infothought, has been heavy on matters related to Wikipedia and Wikia, but he continues to focus on censorware, Google and copyright as well. Ignore his tick of considering himself unread (although he does frequently publish columns in the Guardian, something other "unread bloggers" canít say). Heís worth reading.

Thanks for the kind words, especially the "worth reading".

Note I've found that Guardian columns drive very little blog traffic. It's just a handful of hits. Publishing such columns does not make my my blog widely read. So, at the risk of boring repetition, the question is: Why write any post?

Anyway, these days, I'm thinking the Google field has become highly crowded, with several big Google-and-society books on the one hand, while search startups are crashing and burning on the other (poor Ask.com - they really do try harder). It connects to Wikia as I'm really disappointed with Wikia Search, on top of the exploitative digital-sharecropping economy. I got drawn into writing about Wikipedia, and then thought I could do some good debunking the hype. But objectively, it all doesn't seem to have done much good though :-(.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in activism | on January 11, 2009 11:59 PM (Infothought permalink)
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In response to traffic from your website I know my friends and I found you through the guardian at first and started directly coming to your blog. I do know quite a few that follow your blog and really like to read what you have to say on here.

As for Ask.com - they have a great platform the unfortunate part is that since businesses really focus on Google for rankings - they receive more queries. People have taken to really understanding how to game the system with Google and have not spent nearly the time with others like Ask. Too bad. I would love to see them come back. they are constantly upgrading their service.

Posted by: Amber at January 14, 2009 12:40 PM

Amber, thank you, as I say, all readers gratefully accepted. However, the problem is that the result overall is very very small.

Posted by: Seth Finkelstein at January 17, 2009 01:55 AM

Fwiw, I've been stopping by less often ever since Ed Felten's redesign. He dropped you from his blogroll. He dropped everyone from his blogroll. He doesn't have a blogroll anymore.

But my browsing habits are something of a special case.

Not only am I browsing almost exclusively through Tor these days, but further, I'm not keeping any bookmarks on my local machine. And, of course, I don't keep any browser history, so I can't simply return to previously visited sites—my browser doesn't know what sites I've previously visited.

All that makes blogrolls more important for navigation.

Posted by: via tor at January 17, 2009 10:35 AM