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The Idea of Wired (08/04/03)
I miss Wired. And it wasn't until I read Gary Wolf's new book, Wired: A Romance, that I realized just how much I miss it. I don't miss the...

Open Question: What would you do with RSS? (09/20/02)
If you could aggregate (as an information "consumer") or syndicate (as an information "publisher") any kind of information, what would it be, and why?

On the List: b-may.com (02/10/02)
God bless Bryan Mason, who's keeping us up to date on the status of the "enormous, enormous asses" of world-class speed skaters at b-may.com.

A MetaFilter Proposal (10/26/01)
For Preventing the Growing Community of MetaFilter From Being a Burden to Average MeFi Readers, and For Making the Site More Beneficial to the Public It is a melancholy...

The Next Usenet (03/02/01)
Note -- this is a highly caveated essay in progress. I'm so new to RSS that I'm not even publishing one for theobvious, yet. But this came to me...

The Cash-Out Effect (02/15/00)
When Andover.Net went public 60 days ago, the 49-employee Massachusetts Web publisher raised $72 million, an astonishing amount of money when you consider the dismal history of pure-content Web...

My Ass is a Weblog (11/22/99)
Say what you want about the Web, it's got its enthusiasms. Twice a year or so, like clock-work, a new technology or paradigm sweeps over the face of the...

The Katzdot Effect (03/25/99)
Wednesday's "News for Nerds" on Slashdot: Novell goes open source, Linux 2.2.4 is out and Jon Katz got to be on the Today Show with his dog. When Slashdot...

A Standard for Site Organization (11/02/98)
Standards have been inarguably good for computers. The explosive growth of the Net, the omnipresence of the machines themselves, their very usefulness is almost entirely the result of standards. There...

An Open Letter to Old Media (10/14/98)
Dear Old Media, Stop it, OK? Just stop it. It's for your own good. I'm not trying to be rude or anything, but, really, this is from a friend: You're...

Free Branding! (05/28/98)
Today Business Week Online morphed their website from a mere "content" repository into something much more glamorous: a portal. With the addition of free email services provided by CommTouch ("Set...

Radical Media Pragmatism (04/27/98)
Editor's note: This piece originally appeared in an unabridged fashion on the nettime mailing list. The simultaneous condemnation and embrace of the pragmatic approach to new media has resulted...

Content Syndication and Brand Protection (04/20/98)
Last week, Ted Nelson made an appearance at the World Wide Web 7 conference in Australia, and talked about the imminent release of his long-awaited product, Xanadu. "I will show...

Drudge Report Report (01/23/98)
**WORLD EXCLUSIVE** **MUST CREDIT THEOBVIOUS.COM** **CONTAINS META COMMENTARY** Last week, Ken Bode, host of PBS' "Washington Week in Review," gave The Daily Northwestern his first interview as the new...

You Are What You Post (01/19/98)
While the revolution in business supposedly afforded by the Web extends barely beyond Denis Leary's Lotus-sponsored smirk, the tiny company I work for has gained one tremendous advantage from our...

Five Forces and The Fray (09/16/97)
Today, September 16th, is the first birthday of the fray, the much-feted site produced by Derek Powazek. To celebrate, Stating the Obvious offers up this strategic analysis of how the...

Plug and Play Journalism (08/25/97)
A chief complaint about the Web and other electronic information systems thus far has been their lack of interoperability. If I want to display the headlines from the News Channel...

What's C|Net Been (gun)Smoking? (06/24/97)
This medium seems to evolve at a breakneck pace. Catch phrases and buzzwords fly in and out of fashion with each passing week. First, content was king. Then it was...

Siegel Strikes Again (04/14/97)
Just when you thought he'd disappeared into a morass of confused web sites, David Siegel is back. And this time the self-proclaimed "HTML terrorist" is throwing smoke bombs in the...

Are You Open or Closed? (03/31/97)
About a week and a half ago now, Salon, a high profile web-based culture magazine, caused a stir on some web-design mailing lists when they swiped some HTML from The...

The Killer of Websites, Part II (02/03/97)
Last week's piece on David Siegel's book "Creating Killer Websites: The Art of Third-Generation Site Design" struck a very loud chord with a large number of readers. Since the issue...

The Killer of Websites (01/27/97)
Walk into any major bookstore chain and you'll come face to face with the state of Internet commerce. It's been a running "joke" now for almost two years - the...

Slate: Just Another Spoon (05/20/96)
The net is abuzz with talk of a man who wears khakis, blue blazers and clear, round glasses. Slate, the new online venture of Microsoft and Michael Kinsley, launches in...

What's Behind the Curtain (05/13/96)
There's this great book from Microsoft Press called The Dynamics of Software Development. It was written by Jim McCarthy, the leader of the C++ development team, and is full of...

Here I Am v. Here is What I Think (03/11/96)
A couple of weeks ago I had an interesting email land in my inbox. It was from an obvious reader, though he didn't really identify himself as such. He...

Spare Me the Theme Song, Dave (02/19/96)
Editor's note: consider this week's piece my contribution to the "24 Hours of Democracy" thing. A couple of Thursdays ago, Clinton signed into law the "sweeping" Telecommunications Bill, which...

Hit counts are a head trip (12/11/95)
OK, so you probably noticed the logo in the upper right hand corner of the front page (unless you're using AOL's browser, in which case God only knows where...

Hipper than Thou (10/23/95)
One thing the web is good at is creating a good deal of disucssion about itself. The “instant publishing” that the ‘net provides is the perfect platform for navel-gazing...

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