The proxemics of reading (a blog)

April 12, 2006

Seth Godin: “[…] when you are reading the Times, it changes your posture. […] That good writing can pique the curiousity and push the reader to do more. […] Because different venues generate different actions, even among the same audiences.”

And I went on reading the New York Times piece on Squidoo. Below a selection of interesting segments (of which, some are from citations of various sources and individuals):

  • the idea is to harness the knowledge that bloggers typically offer the world.
  • the enormous opportunity Internet entrepreneurs see in Web sites that are built on the postings of average people, as MySpace was, and the continuing zeal among users to publish their ideas online.
  • Squidoo lenses were meant to function as jumping-off points on a subject, not a place to hunker down for any length of time.
  • blogs are showing that credibility is granted not by some media mogul, but by the collective opinion of consumers.
  • a quick view of the Web’s best wisdom on a particular topic

I like the wording of blogs as lenses (but Seth Godin is cited to say that the technology in Squidoo is intended to make the pages easier for authors to maintain — and more useful to readers — than conventional blogs), the connotation it gives to the experience of blogging, for both the authors and the readers.

For me, it didn’t make any difference that I was reading the Times (as opposed to, say, a lensmaster on Squidoo): good writing and content did. Anyway, (sadly) a pleasant reading experience is not what I expect from reading news at my computer.


2 Responses to “The proxemics of reading (a blog)”

  1. Shirley Says:

    Quite an interesting post. Thank you for sharing it.



  2. zelig Says:

    Thank you, Shirley.

    Congratulations on your 1000th visit.

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