There’s an interesting article in the NYTimes today about the concept of “friends” and social networks: Friending, Ancient or Otherwise. The suggestion in the article is that one of the reasons humans respond so well to online social networks is that they tap into ancient communication and community-forming patterns. I have been writing the same thing about older-style online community for years now (which reminds me, I should collect some of that writing and post it here).
there’s a great new photo+ blog in the world: jonZfoto. And there’s already an awful lot to like there.
and mikel.org supporter M-J Milloy, who used to keep an excellent blog called “The New Forum” has resurfaced with a very promising new site: EPIDEMIca, a weblog about infectious disease. From the boilerplate: “Whether emerging diseases like AIDS and SARS or old plagues like tuberculosis and syphilis, infectious diseases are the greatest threat to the health of the people of the world.” One to watch.
. In a post today, Dave Winer wrote, in Scripting News, “I am open to supporting and working with Lessig, but we need clarification and possibly a discussion with the professor on his position re copyrights for software.” But yesterday he was trashing the guy: “To Lessig, who says we’re doing nothing, up yours.” Hardly sounds like someone who is open to working with the guy, does it? With friends like these, neither Dave nor Lessig needs many enemies. Because at base, these guys are pretty much on the same side.
great friends is in the Post today in a story about the perils of being named Buffy.