The Null Device

Fair and balanced lexicography

After 9/11, gun-toting libertarian and rampaging egomaniac hacker Eric S. Raymond, who maintains the Jargon File fell in with the neo-conservative warbloggers; and now, he's taking the Jargon File along for the ride. The latest edition has entries for bullethead coinages such as "anti-idiotarianism" and "fisking"; and the definition of "hacker politics" has been revised to "Formerly vaguely liberal-moderate, more recently moderate-to-neoconservative", with the proviso that "hackers too were affected by the collapse of socialism".
blogosphere (n): The totality of all blogs. A culture heavily overlapping with but not coincident with hackerdom; a few of its key coinages (blogrolling, fisking, anti-idiotarianism) are recorded in this lexicon for flavor. Bloggers often divide themselves into warbloggers and techbloggers. The techbloggers write about technology and technology policy, while the warbloggers are more politically focused and tend to be preoccupied with U.S. and world response to the post-9/11 war against terrorism.

Ah yes, the "blogging was born on 9/11" myth. (via NtK)

There are 12 comments on "Fair and balanced lexicography":

Posted by: Graham Tue Jun 10 01:48:36 2003

Wot no britneyblogs? ESR is a tool.

Posted by: acb Tue Jun 10 03:11:14 2003

Aren't most britneyblogs these days LiveJournals?

Posted by: mark Tue Jun 10 03:59:21 2003

They're still considered part of the 'blogosphere.

And warblogs are quite different from politblogs. Ken Parish's 'blog, for example, is *not* a warblog. It's not even limited to right-wingers: the rightie Scott Wickstein, for example, is much too smart to be running a warblog, even though he only talks about politics.

And then there's people like you and Graham who 'blog on a mixture, so would I if I could get my fuckin' domain name working, so do a great many people.

Posted by: acb Tue Jun 10 04:08:26 2003

Are LiveJournals part of the blogosphere, even if their content is predominantly about who said what to whom and the only people who read them are the owner's friends from the high school cafeteria or goth club?

Posted by: Ben Tue Jun 10 06:25:49 2003

Re Livejournal: don't forget the owner's friends from Uni and people they say hello to at indie gigs. They're an important part of the readership demographic too.

Posted by: acb Tue Jun 10 07:09:37 2003

ah yes, them too.

The point is that LiveJournals (or DeadJournals, their more angsty equivalents) are virtually a separate memepool, and memes seldom make the jump out of them to the blogosphere. LiveJournals tend to be also comprised of long entries recounting details of the writer's personal life/thoughts/crushes/&c, which typically doesn't travel well outside their friends' immediate community; especially since there are so many strangers to choose from out there.

Posted by: Graham Tue Jun 10 07:51:11 2003

Nice thesis, but...

Posted by: acb Tue Jun 10 08:23:01 2003

He's using it as a blog. I wonder if he's doing so out of sheer contrarianism.

The demographic impression I got of LiveJournal was that (a) the vast majority of users were teenaged girls, and (b) of those who weren't, most of them were goths.

Posted by: Graham Tue Jun 10 15:09:43 2003

I know, I know. Plus I think the proprietors of Livejournal tend to play up their separation from the blogosphere. Whereas, whom I seem to recall predate Blogger, suffer from no such pretentions about "not being weblogs", even though they probably have much of the same demog as Livejournal, perhaps with a more indiekid flavour.

Posted by: acb Tue Jun 10 15:37:16 2003

Are Pitas still around? Haven't heard much from them lately.

Posted by: mark Thu Jun 12 00:32:00 2003

True, Andrew, but I've seen a few livejournals make the jump to 'blogginess (mostly, I admit, young women (tho usually older than teenaged) who've decided regularly ranting on politics is only marginally less interesting than their cats)

Posted by: Graham Thu Jun 12 01:47:49 2003

Hmm. I wonder how many livejournals are kept by cat-hoarders.