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July 28, 2006

Two kinds of frustration

Which feels better: two blog readers a day who are coming to this weblog from the Top 10 Blogging Librarians Page, where I'm apparently ranked at number 9, or about 35 readers who are coming, of all things, from the wikipedia article on sliced bread, which for some obscure reason is also linking to me?


And the proof that I'm at least as sucky as wikipedia is that I'm such a sucker for visitors that I still haven't found the heart to delete the link on the sliced bread page, even though I don't think it makes much sense.

Given how often my anti-wikipedia rant from two years ago is linked to and quoted (and it's linked to a lot), I'm quite surprised that no-one has so far deemed it necessary and/or interesting to actually conduct an interview with me. I admit it's easier to copy and paste lines from a 2-year-old rant of mine (and it certainly mirrors the spirit of today's media culture, which is essentially a copy-and-paste culture), but even if they think I'm a raving lunatic you'd think somebody would be interested in the person behind the rant.

Like: what was I thinking when I wrote the anti-wikipedia article? Am I a raving lunatic? What about the tomatoes on my windowsill? Would I love to discuss the influence of jazz on tomatoes with Jane Perrone? My thoughts on how to achieve world peace? Do I think Lee Konitz's Motion is more underrated than Grachan Moncur's Evolution? What about the woman who is the great love of my life? Can we expect my big breakthrough novel anytime soon? Why are there so many typos in my weblog entries? And suchlike.

Not so. But then I'll have to admit that I don't really see how anybody could be interested in any of this (except perhaps the jazz/tomato thing) either.

As part of our increased PR efforts at work, a colleague of mine was trying all day Friday to get an article on Vienna University Library into wikipedia. His expletives could be heard all along the corridor. His conclusion was that no normal person has the time to figure out all the necessary mechanisms to get a properly formatted article online. He said that the 200+ pages of printouts of help pages weren't particularly helpful and doubted the democratic nature of wikipedia. He said that very obviously only an elite of initiates can know how to do it.

I told him that the easiest thing might be to insert a really long text about the library into the existing article on the university, because the democratic nature of wikipedia works in such a way that one of the initiates is bound to be annoyed about that long text at some point and will either delete it or turn it into an article of its own.

He agreed that a 50:50 chance was better than nothing and said he'd give it a try.

Posted by Horst on July 28, 2006 07:42 PM to the body electric | Tell-a-friend

zed said on July 28, 2006 11:13 AM:

i would carry on writing about whatever you want considering that it's your blog. and haldur's, wherever he may be.

lovely meeting you again last night - and obviously you made it back OK!

Jann said on July 30, 2006 06:15 PM:

I too believe that you should continue to write about whatever you wish, although it's not clear to me where you talked about that in your post.

"Greatest thing since sliced bread", ah, yes, one of my late father-in-law's favorite expressions. But he managed to make it sound fresh and funny and not at all hackneyed; odd how some people have that knack.

sabine said on August 2, 2006 12:45 PM:

I will interview you next time we meet. Prepare:

Your thoughts on how to achieve world peace?
What about the woman who is the great love of your life? Can we expect your big breakthrough novel anytime soon? Why are there (really) just a few typos in your weblog entries?

Nice holidays, Horst!

Horst said on August 2, 2006 08:54 PM:

Interviews are pointless if they're not published anywhere.

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