Bloggers’ Week In Review: The Web’s Best Writing
This week’s personal word count was somewhere around 12,000. Twelve thousand words in about five days — they’ve just flown by.
For reference, a 300-page book would have a 75,000 word manuscript, and an average movie screenplay has 20,000 words. If I were writing any other kind of content, I’d be the most prolific writer in the history of hastily constructed literature. Sadly, most of my posts weren’t Pulitzer material, and — let’s face it — this was also the case for most of the blogosphere this week, and indeed every week.
This being the case, I wanted to take a look back at some of the more interesting posts that my peers and I have written this week — the more thoughtful, longer, literary, more socially significant stuff. So much good newswriting and op/ed gets thrown out when Steve Jobs farts and everyone in tech blogging writes 200-word blurbs on it and tens of thousands of people read and share it. And so few of us have the time during the week to turn our hands and eyes to the magazine-quality work that makes blogging so great.
But now that it’s officially the weekend and the news cycle is (with any luck) chilling and slowing a bit, I’d like to highlight some really fascinating work from my colleagues in the blogger trenches. I hope you’ll give these pieces the careful read they deserve.
BLOGGERS’ WEEK IN REVIEW
“We have this idea of an exoflood of data, of information, and that we should harness the data, share it and find new way to analyze it… Can computing, the abundance of data and the ultimate sharing of it transform the practice of art, and maybe even art itself?”
“The way to understand and appreciate [Jack Kerouac] doesn’t lie in the pop culture khaki advertisement cliche, or in the academic exsanguination of interpretation and analysis. It’s a far lonelier and inexplicable path, and it may not be the kind of thing to which you can lead someone else.”
“When does the magic of a situation fade? When do we get acclimated to the exceptional? Is this how we get by? Would anything get done if we were constantly gobsmacked? Is this how we survive, how we stay sane? We define a pattern, no matter how exceptional, and acclimate ourselves to it?”
“What we’re doing when we exclude women from rock and roll, and from the sense of rebellion that rock and roll promises, is disallowing women that independent perspective. We’re never giving them the chance to think critically about the world, and about the systems that oppress them.”
“I’m not alone in having friends who continually interrupt meals, movies, conversations, meetings, play dates with kids, sporting events, etc. to pick up their smartphones in anticipation of a ring, beep or buzz. I am desperate to avoid falling into this trap, partly due to the etiquette and health risks, but also because they are so unproductive… I don’t want to be distracted to the point where I don’t know what I’m doing.”
“By orienting persuasion entirely towards a heterosexual male audience, ‘booth babes; negate the presupposition of a female buying power as an audience… Booth babes not only market to the technology buying base, they create an image, and a stereotype, of what that buying base is – a buying base that women aren’t a part of.”
“Android is not yet ready for the low-end market -– not without some serious changes to accommodate the interface offered by cheaper hardware or the constraints placed on the system by slower CPU chips and less memory.”
“As New York becomes an increasingly bike-friendly city, it’s going to have to how learn to deal with these new encounters: bike-bike, bike-car, bike-ped. Other cities have managed it; we can too. But for the time being, bicyclists are being thought of in the ‘pedestrian’ bucket. And that’s causing a great deal of harm.”
“At some point or another, we stopped encouraging young girls to think about computers as objects of study and science and started asking them to think of computers as tools for communication and consumption… adapted to the needs of the individual.”
I hope you enjoy this list o’ links as a supplement to your weekend reading. Please do share amongst your friends, and if you’ve got any amazing blog posts written over the past week that you’d like to share, just leave a note in the comments section.