Adrian has been tugging at my subconscious of late with his initial exploration of whether you write your blog or it writes you in this non-spatial (actual object?) network:
“your identity is the sum of those connections that you are a participant in, but, you have little or no say about.”
And now he really screws my head up by saying, quite simply:
“The blogosphere, all the tools we have to map this, recognise that it is only about the connections between parts. The connecting parts are of more significance than the parts themselves.”
You see, I very much wanted to have a nice little ‘centred’… ‘individuals’.. who are then able to form networks based upon their very centrality through blogs in semilattices etc. and all of that… i.e. present my bloody paper at Blogtalk… and now I’m confused.
I guess my argument is / was about personal presence, the concrete reality of an individual as a necessity for a network and how blogs do that, but in fact, perhaps it’s more about the spaces between individuals, the objects that form the nexus of the networks and really what I’m arguing is the kinda unrevolutionary ‘hypertext changes everything’. After all, there are many many successful online communities not based on blogging… as I was thinking about the other days in hard communities.
Bugger, I’m even having trouble fitting in my little organic / artificial city metaphor with this stuff… spatially… gah.