Blog silence (2007)

Blog silence is on the increase these days.

A first indicator of blog silence are the intervals between posts on blogs. According to Technorati‘s State of the Blogosphere (October 2006) 55% of the 57 million blogs they tracked were active, meaning they have been updated at least once in the last 3 months. So 45% of the blogs were either cancelled or have a low posting frequency / were on a blog break. Analysing the last 2 options would need visiting individual blogs.
In blogs the writer often implicitly implies or explicitly states a posting frequency to the readers: the writer know when (s)he derives from this frequency, readers will stop following the blog or become worried and send e-mails to the author.
So often the author communicates a reason for their blog silence by notices such as (sorry but next week I won’t be able to reach the Internet so see you in a week, take care; just to let you know that I’m doing fine but I’m too busy right now to update my blog, will come back soon et cetera). Other authors simply don’t explain their blog silence. Turving these explicit and implicit messages from a representative amount of blogs would give insight into this aspect of blog silence.

Another indicator is the future decline of blogs on the Internet.
According to Gartner statistics, quantifying activity in the blogosphere, blogging posts on blogs will peak this year: there’ll be about 100 million blog writers at the end of 2007. After 2007 the novelty value of blogging will probably wear off (since most netizens will have tried it out), resulting in a net (new minus old bloggers) decline on the total amount of bloggers.
This means an online accumulation of “dotsam” (derived from flotsam/jetsam), defined by BuzzWhack as:

“The Internet’s wasteland of abandoned Web sites, Hotmail accounts, blogs, wikis, MySpace pages, etc., that their creators have ignored for months/years — but are still accessible on the Web.”

I’d prefer a more positive definition, since these pages are not waste but Digital Heritage or Virtual Heritage, which ought to be preserved for the value of their content and blog research.

Quite coincidental that I decided to write on this topic today: I namely stumbled upon a website ( promoting a blog silence as of tomorrow, April 30 2007, in honour of the victims of the Virginia Tech massacre (school shooting on April 16 2007 in Blacksburg (Virginia, United States)).

One Day Blog Silence

The end of outdoor advertisement

Can you imagine the world biggest cities without a centrally located outlet for advertisements?
New York/Times Square
Tokyo/the Ginza
London/Picadilly Circus
without the advertisements..
Weren’t the films Blade Runner (1982) and Minority Report (2002) (both written by Philip K. Dick) foreshadowing a more and more intense presence of messages from the private sector in public life?

Since January 1 2007 the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo (11 million inhabitants) has legally banned – backed by its citizens – all public advertising. “What we are aiming for is a complete change of culture” says Roberto Tripoli, president of the City Council. Sao Paulo’s mayor, Gilberto Kassab, wants to get rid of the “visual pollution”.

Advertising and business groups of Sao Paulo are not amused. According to them the ban is..
-injurious to society: “We live in a consumer society and the essence of capitalism is the availability of information about products.” (Marcel Solimeo, chief economist of the Commercial Association of Sao Paulo)
-an affront to their profession
-an inhibition of free expression: “Advertising is both an art form and,
-causing boredom:
“I think this city is going to become a sadder, duller place,” (…) “when you’re in your car or alone on foot, [advertising gives] a form of entertainment that helps relieve solitude and boredom.” says Dalton Silvano.
“It would be like eastern Europe before the fall of communism”
-causing unemployment
-causing insecurity in the streets since there’ll be no lighting from outdoor advertising

(Resources: IHT, BBC, Sao Paulo No Logo/pictures from April 2007, YouTube campaign add)

Burned Stäbchen (2007)

Burned Stäbchen (2007)
While cooking, while heating and mixing precious Foods, two times in a row and accidentally, a used chopstick was burned. The odour could be described as a blend of charred wood and stale food..
The 2 stix now make a pair: although each has a different partner, the burnmarks is what makes them a couple / /

Note 1: I fortunately did have plenty of spare chopsticks to consume my meal.
Note 2: Question: can anything that happens two times in a row happen accidentally?
(Een ezel stoot zich in het algemeen, geen twee maal aan dezelfde steen)
Note 3: One can make charcoal briquettes from a chopstick factory’s bamboo waste (Lampang (Thailand) biofuel case study).
Carbonised bamboo

Time bias on Wikipedia

On the English Wikipedia page Special:Most Linked
as of 09:33, 29 December 2006 the following data on the most linked to pages were published, making visible a clear time bias (just like on Google, see previous post on the Wlog):

1980 (25,073 links)
1981 (24,104 links)
1982 (24,396 links)
1983 (24,385 links)
1984 (24,520 links)
1985 (24,589 links)
1986 (25,339 links)
1987 (25,486 links)
1988 (25,286 links)
1989 (27,513 links)
1990 (29,948 links)
1991 (30,007 links)
1992 (30,297 links)
1993 (31,327 links)
1994 (32,813 links)
1995 (34,112 links)
1996 (36,372 links)
1997 (38,025 links)
1998 (39,981 links)
1999 (44,389 links)
2000 (52,035 links)
2001 (53,982 links)
2002 (53,054 links)
2003 (62,142 links)
2004 (80,563 links)
2005 (101,445 links)
2006 (184,598 links)