Everyone An Artist?
Joe has sent me a skein of threads on the discussion about the
new configuration of ebr, and I've been thinking about it from the
standpoint of writing and style. First off, I'm truly impressed by the
innovations that you guys are coming up with and how this moment in ebr
in specific, but in the visual and verbal aspects of the web in general,
is exploding conventions of seeing and reading.
Here's what I'm wondering, though (and I'm having trouble coming
up with ways to talk about this without sounding critical, which I
really don't feel). You are proposing that questions will be posted that
aren't too restrictive and that will stimulate response by anyone,
right? How will these responses differ from a listserv (other than that
they will be more permanent and will interlace with one another through
the warp and woof of the linkages)? Will all writing on the web become
the expression of a moment rather than the production of contemplation
inspired by the desire to speak about something? Is writing about to
become writing for its own sake, everyone's effort a work of art (and
here I betray my eternal longing to talk about art rather than to be an
artist - do I have to become one to speak?)?
All these questions. Will Joe become the quality master? I
guess he is already.