Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The Journals

It was all too easy to make fun of the New York Review of Books' shark-jumpin' articles on email and blogs, so here's Nicholson Baker with a genuinely, amiably insightful look at the Wikipedia phenomenon and its politics. It makes me weirdly happy to imagine Nicholson Baker editing him up some Wiki. Wiki warrior Kyle Gann should definitely read this article, if only for Baker's account of his attempts to save an article on post-Beat Richard Denner:
I tried to make the article less deletable by incorporating a quote from an interview in the Berkeley Daily Planet— Denner told the reporter that in the Sixties he'd tried to be a street poet, "using magic markers to write on napkins at Cafe Med for espressos, on girls' arms and feet."

I sense that it would make Gann happy, too.

Julian Bell's brattily iconoclastic take on Lucian Freud, in a previous NYRB, is mightily entertaining as well, and as long as we're talking about my favorite artists, Joan Rivers is hanging out with Robert Rauschenberg. Can I please have bloody marys with Joan Rivers and Robert Rauschenberg one of these days? Okay, thanks, bye.

More tomorrow.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wikipdia is a classic example of the capitalism of ideas. This the right to express your opinions however ill-informed or informed they may happen to be. This is Ron Paul economics at work and at it's best. The ability of peoples of all walks of life to police each other and to approve or not to approve an article on any given subject is essential to the vibrant advancement of the collective self. Even those who whom there are no outlet to express their own special knowledge has a place in this marketplace. Wikipedia is the future of society and at some not to distant point in the future will be the university, market place, and all encompassing "third place" for the peoples of the world to allow the free exchange of ideas. The genius of Mr Wells eclipse the fleeting fads of current "social networking" sites and in time, wikipedia will replace myspace and facebook as the standard method for meeting people. One only has to look to at todays headlines to see that it was on Wiki itself that Mr Walles provided a stub explaining that he had dumped his girlfriend. The future is now,seize the day!

March 4, 2008 at 2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who the hell is Joan Rivers?

March 4, 2008 at 2:44 PM  
Blogger Dan Johnson said...

The trouble with using Wikipedia as a social networking site is that you will only meet the sort of person who spends a lot of time on Wikipedia.

Ron Paul is a race-baiting loon.

March 11, 2008 at 12:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ron Paul is not a bigot. He's been the target of a smear campain:

Wiki is the future of all freedom loving Americans

March 12, 2008 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger Dan Johnson said...


March 12, 2008 at 2:56 PM  

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