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Sunday, November 18, 2001
What Are Webheads?
Dave Winer writes: "Continuing the What Are Weblogs thread -- weblogs are relational writing, that's why it is so close, if you're serious about it, to academic writing. Almost everything on this page relates one thing to one or several other things. Academic writing is supposed to be that way, but it was hard work before the Web."

Four very key ideas. Let's go through them one by one.

  1. "...weblogs are relational writing, that's why it is so close, if you're serious about it, to academic writing."
    There are two things I want most in life. The first is to be taken seriously. The second is to be mistaken for an academic. No wait, there are three. The third is to set my hair on fire.

  2. "Almost everything on this page relates one thing to one or several other things."
    Personally, I have never had any trouble relating one thing to one or more other things. In fact, on reflection, I can't think of anything that doesn't do this almost automatically. I like to think I'm helping to create these relationships, but perhaps that's just a form of hubris.

  3. "Academic writing is supposed to be that way..."
    I suppose you're right. That is to say, rather than frame an interrogatory, I accept your suppository.

  4. "...but it was hard work before the Web."
    And now it's a piece of cake! Good thing everything works like it's supposed to, and I don't have to keep 314 edit buffers open and juggle 95 browser windows and try to remember where I stashed 13 million three hundred and twelve fucking bookmarks while I'm trying to remember why I'm even doing this.
Dave, can I ask you a question? When you say "...of course no one but me is going to be willing to put so much time into it," you don't really mean for it to sound that way, do you?

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