Why thoughts matter…

Julian Bleecker – the dude who wrote the thing about Why things matter and blogjects — riffing in a PhD way on the whole spimes thing etc etc — has a post up that, well, resonates:

Nutshell: He’s been reading other’s responses to his blogjects riffs, and seems to be defending, somewhat, against the notion that there’s nothing new there. There’s no new ‘technology’ (read, no new thing per se), or specific tool that enables this — so why the big deal?

His response: It’s a new way of thinking, and that is something new.

His conclusion, to me, is why a blog is NOT just another way to publish a website. Unless, of course, you are just publishing a website.

I may have mischaracterized. If so, please correct me. In either event, my take away:

New ideas != new tools
New ideas = new uses

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  1. Yeah, David — I’m pretty sure you’ve described what my argument boils down to, and it’s pretty simple. It’s sort of an anti-instrumentalist thing. It’s why, somewhere in the “Manifesto for Networked Objects” I try to describe “Blogjects” as not the same old thing as that old problem of machine-to-machine communication, or even data feeds in a traditional way, mostly because we know that something else is now possible because of (new) massively networked digital publics.

    You can’t possibly assume what people will do with the resources available to them — either the raw material or the capability to make new meaningful statements or change their worlds based on the consumption and repurposing/reprocessing of those raw materials. This is what the circulation of culture feels like on a large, digital networked scale. Data resources that things like Blogging Objects will provide as consumables, or the ability, now (and never before) for social beings to produce new meaning of an infinite variety based on things like what they consume present an entirely new framework for shifting the way the world works.

    It can go any of a number of ways simultaneously — supression, massive cultural change, political upheaval, culturally starved and bankrupt societies. Who knows, but the change can be made and, the best part, it’s barely pre-determined. (I guess unless you’re in China.)

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