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Rex Sorgatz

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feb 5
2008

Diggbrow

One of my favorite pastimes is watching Gawker commenters jump on Nick Douglas' case. From the start, the entire set despised Nick's ignoble task: to explain internet culture to a city that just discovered Tumblr. (For context, remember when all of NYC was scared of blogs? And then remember when they were scared of comments? Now they're totally freaked out by Twitter.) The Gawker loyalists have unwittingly become like their old media foes -- resistant to change like nothing I've since the last Tribune meeting I sat in. (Back in Minnesota, I invented a word for this: neu-liberalism. Those are liberals who think they're really progressive but are actually completely freaked out by anything that moves faster than circa-1985 MTV. So think: daily newspaper editors and NPR listeners.) And so it's logical that Nick has gradually become accepted, even appreciated, in the past few weeks, because eventually all change is accepted. His most recent piece introduces a decent concept: Diggbrow, an analysis of what constitutes "art" among the populist areas of the internet. "The Diggbrow movement isn't destroying art any more than the Dadaists or post-modernists did; it's reinventing it." Whoa, slow down there, buddy...

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p.s. Hell just froze over: twitter.com/lockloct

posted by Rex at 9:16 PM on February 5, 2008

Except that that unique group of people living out their lives on gawker comments only discovered *gawker* in the last 2 years.

posted by lindsay at 10:46 AM on February 6, 2008

Maybe. That's actually about how long ago it was that they introduced comments, right?

posted by Rex at 12:12 PM on February 6, 2008

NPR listeners? Now it's getting personal. I enjoy having someone read the newspaper to me on my Mpls to Stillwater drive every afternoon. That being said, I've never Twitted nor Gawked but I did download Firefox yesterday. Does that count?

posted by Kent at 12:50 PM on February 6, 2008

hi. sincere moment here: I just want to thank you for defending, at least implicitly, internet culture. I get how in some way it can be cool to have a "real life," and not know what twitter is. But a lot of this new stuff really *is* great, and truly is making the world a better place and is making it easier for people have a platform for expressing themselves. For all the jokes about boring Livejournals, there really are people (like yourself) who can use the Internet to do neat stuff, and I feel like some people are almost proud about the fact that they're ignorant about stuff that is really, really important. It's not the same as saying "I never watch TV." Anyway... yeah, thanks. (And also thanks to Nick Douglas. I'm not a tech industry expert, but when he wrote at Valleywag, in between the snark and gossip, he blogged about principled stuff. That's missing now on that site, and I don't read it anymore.)

posted by michelle at 10:36 PM on February 6, 2008

i had no idea new york was so lame.

posted by ashley at 1:38 AM on February 7, 2008




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