On the written word…   3 comments

Elegance.

For me, the Internet has always been a medium of the written word.  No amount of flashy graphics, high-definition sound, or technological widgetry replaces the power and expressiveness of the written word.  Maybe, in some way, I’m a throwback to previous generations, who could (or can, in some cases) scarcely comprehend the new frontier that we now inhabit. But for me, and others, the written word is still what it’s all about – not podcasts, or YouTube streams.  Yes, they can enhance the experience.  Indeed, I listen a fair amount to podcasts, or occasionally watch the YouTube “mixtapes” published by jwz.  But I joined the Internet in an era before all of that – an era in which the written word was almost all there WAS on the Internet for expression.

It seems to me that, in a lot of ways, communication on the Internet is packaged into tiny pieces.  140-character tweets, usually with some pithy comment and a link to someone else’s content.  On Facebook, you may see a sentence or two more — but not usually that much more…  and a link to someone else’s content.  On and on it goes…  And “someone else’s content?”  It’s often as not a picture of a cat with some text (occasionally hilarious, more often just amusing) superimposed on the image.  Most people on the Internet, and maybe in real life, seem to be writing less, not more.  And with what they are writing, they seem to be saying nothing.

So now I will try and reverse that small trend in my corner of the universe.  Will I be good at it?  I don’t know.  Andy Rooney was a writer, although all I ever “read” of his writing so far were his commentaries at the end of 60 Minutes.  Another writer who I’m getting to know only after his death is Gene Amole, a columnist for the (now defunct) Rocky Mountain News, who used his column to write about his last days before passing.  Those columns were collected in a book I own but have yet to read completely — but even reading certain selections from them, they read well.  And there are others I read, who are still alive — I’ll mention them at times as well.   I know that as I go forth, my voice will occasionally sound like others.  I am still finding my way, and they say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

So imitate I may – maybe sometimes I can improve upon a method, sometimes not.  But hopefully, my content will regularly be more than some cat asking for a “cheezburger.”

Posted February 26, 2012 by mec in Uncategorized

Hello world!   1 comment

Hello, World.

Funny how the traditions stay with you.  In computing, a “hello world” program is usually the first program one writes in a new language, to show that it actually works.  I’ve written my fair share of them.  Still, it’s amazing to show to oneself that the language actually works, and that you can do something — anything — with it.

So, here I am.  Nearly 15 years of owning the dotorg.org domain, and finally putting some content on the front page.  Of course, I’ve done the blogging thing before, with various levels of success and commitment.  Some of them are still up, and I contribute to them from time to time.  Yet, every time, it seems to fizzle out.  Lack of interest?  Lack of time?  I really don’t know.  I don’t know if this effort will fare any better, or if it will fade away into the mists of the Internet like so much else done by myself and others.  Yet here I am, trying my hand at this again.

Thanks for joining.  I hope it’s a fun ride.

Posted February 26, 2012 by mec in Uncategorized