Welcome to the rabbit's hole. A blog on pulp.
Prologue: The Webmonday is a specifically German institution. Bloggers, web designers, pod casters, researchers and developers of one region meet to discuss stuff concerning blogging, webpublishing and, of course, what lies beyond web 2.0.
The idea came from Tim Bonnemann and developed first in Cologne about half a year ago. The concept is to have one hour of lectures of about five to ten minutes. And discussion in between. Generally it is a decentralized organization and claims to be free of charge.
Part I. Webmonday in Stuttgart. We’re sitting in the so called ‘S-Bar’ which could be translated with ‘able to see’. Missing the word joke, of course.
Getting each other known, at least those who know each other anyway. Sociologists would have a paradise of research: cliché like small clusters form each other. Real life networking obviously is something most bloggers have to learn. Well, it may be a little bit difficult if anything isn’t a mouse click away anymore
Parallely the Webmonday takes place on Second Life and is displayed via beamer in real life. The life stream from the real life Webmonday doesn’t seem to work.
Rafael Capurro is the first lecturer. He tries to explain a bunch of people of all ages the meaning of the term hermeneutics. It’s weired to listen to the history of Aristotle in combination with Web 2.0 techniques. Of course we often forget about the continuous flow of ideas stretching from the beginning of times till today.
But the theory that we could only become critical and criticizing beings because mankind invented writing and thus could gain a distance from the things we were actually thinking about needs a little bit acclimatisation. Consequently that would mean that the distance to put things temporarily away we once thought of enabled us to think about them and to get another point of view. Which would in fact be journalism. Or science. Or both.
The next goal would be to combine the knowledge gathered till today via networking. The chance could be to create an new ontology of topics via social networking.
Ten minutes to lay out a great thought. Way too less time, and a too generalized views on the topic. It stays an utopian thought this way, of course.
Jan Theofel tells us about BIGGER webprojects. For example: How to do a cookblog. I will, although I am committed to kitchen work, never understand how anyone could do a blog about cooking. Cooking for world cup. Even if the cook isn’t a cook but a computer scientist. Some ideas are interesting: backward posting, newsletter topping RSS-feeds and a good time management. The rest seems more trivial. In fact it seemed really everyday blogger-life: e.g. searching for content should be done before. Wow. Yeah, I guess that’s so. Wouldn’t make sense afterwards.
Well, the discussion afterwards shows that the audience is more concerned with copyright and data security questions than with composing a bigger webproject.
The last one, Max Völkel, lectures about Wikis. Well, that may not seem stunning new. But his ideas go a step farther: He realizes what Rafael Capurro already thought of in a more global concept. Wikipedia with semantics: the clou is to tag all central notions with terms which categorize them. For example to tag an entry about Stuttgart with ‘city’, so that it would be clear what ‘kind of Stuttgart’ is meant. Searching databases such would become extremely improved because it would enable to do not only a contextualized but a content-related search.
Part III. Afterwards. Afterwards everybody complains about something. In this case it is mainly one thing: when it comes to the point you got to give away your nameplate. When the bunch of bloggers, photographs, webdesigners and freaks strolls out of the lecture auditorium they become nobodies. And soon the old cliques hang together.
Some new faces are there. Newborn flickr-users, newbies like me and others who leave early. The groups stick together.
When I shuffle home they already disintegrate.
Photos taken with many thanks from quox.