Head of the class

Head of the class
: Go read Joi Ito‘s response to the critiques of blogs by Chris Albritton’s students at NYU. (This is making me rethink how I’ll have a class critique blogs in a class I’m soon to teach — details later. It’s hard to pick up a blog and figure it out in a day.)

  • Well done, Joi :)
    One thing I’ve been hearing a lot in the bog world recently is the word “should”.
    “Blogs should be more inclusive.”
    “Blogs should be more focused.”
    “Blogs should be more useful.”
    “Blogs should be more centered around important stuff, not just personal navel-gazing.”
    Yet few of these critics ever volunteer to write a blog themselves that is inclusive, focused, useful and centered around important issues.
    I think in the end it’s just a lot of weenie-ass, passive-aggressive whining. And Joi’s been on the receiving end of that a lot recently.
    My blog is neither inclusive, focused, useful or centered around important issues. My blog is utterly trivial. Sure, I like that fact that people visit, but the reasons for doing it are my own, not the reader’s. The “shouldies” can go jump in the lake for all I care.

  • Hugh, your navel delights me.

  • Well said, Hugh. I totally agree with what you suggest the shouldies should do. Hehe.
    My blog has no thread, no theme, no focus or anything. Maybe in another six months, when I’ve understood more how things work, how to post pictures etc., I could try something more specialised – or not. No hurry. No pressure. It doesn’t matter. It’s an interest, a way of socialising, learning, expanding horizons and meeting a diverse range of people from all corners of Earth.
    But, best of all, it’s mine – my voice – that belongs only to me and Blogger.com – no-one can take it away from us. And, like fresh air, it’s free of charge too.
    The beauty of the blogosphere is in the linking and that each blog is as individual as its author. Criticising someone’s blog is like criticising a person’s individuality, their brain, level of education, creativity, personality or ‘voice’.
    It matters not if a blogger is articulate or inarticulate, with or without focus, inclusive or exclusive, self indulgent or not. They are not paid to provide a service. Bloggers are citizens of the world communicating, conversing, discussing and sharing anything and everything under the sun.
    Yes, I agree that Joi has been on the receiving end of a lot of inconsiderate writing lately. I put it down to attention seeking people or envy. Joi Ito’s got everything going for him. His blog is hugely popular. His manners are impeccable, he’s a master of diplomacy, a great joiner of people, and has a very kind nature and gentle soul. Joi Ito is one in a million and many bloggers adore him.
    You can’t please all of the people all of the time. Some like vanilla and others like chocolate. There’s always a downside to popularity but, hopefully, enough upsides to make up for the natural downside.
    What is interesting is the way that some of the students at NYU – studying through the eyes of journalists – interpreted and judged the whole of Joi Ito’s Web – and in turn, him as a person. You’d have thought they’d have been more careful and circumspect, and less superficial in seeking the truth of what they were looking into.
    Being a newbie is no excuse. Every blogger has been a newbie. As a newbie last July, it took me only ten minutes to see that there was something extraordinary about Joi Ito’s Web and the person behind it. It doesn’t take too long to glance into his sidebar and get clues as to why the site is so special and deserves, at the very least, respect. IMO, anyone who does not understand, appreciate, admire or even respect Joi Ito’s Web – does not “get” blogging – and probably never will do.

  • fawn

    When did Joi hire a publicist?