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Clive Thompson
Journalist, musician, blogger.
Journalist, musician, blogger.

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Over at the Message, a group blog I'm involved with, Joanne McNeil wrote a terrific piece about how migraine-headache sufferers are creating fascinating online art to evoke the visual auras they see during a migraine:

The piece made me think about the value of non-textual modes in evoking ideas, sensations and concepts that we struggle to capture in text. My comment in the piece -- -- points to a wonderful piece of Second Life art from back in the mid-00s: A recreation of what it's like to have a schizophrenic episode.

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Here's an intriguing new authoring tool for individual multimedia pages:

Their "about" page:

I like their slogan: "Keeping The Internet Weird".

It seems to be aimed at letting people create very idiosyncratic, one-off single-page web-pages ... artsy, creative, multimedia stuff.

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Here's a fascinating example of using an ebook to genuinely enhance the way you can read/learn/talk about a subject -- "Screentakes", a ebook by Jennine Lanouette, focusing on the technique of film.

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Man I looked too severe in my old profile photo.

Hi everyone! I'm a journalist and blogger who writes for Wired and the New York Times Magazine. This is the first thing I've seen that has made me excited about Google+!

When I click on my icon and view the stream of just my Google+ postings, they're all in chronological order. Anyone know how to flip that, so I see them in reverse chronology?

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Fascinating on-the-spot pictures and upates about the bombing in Norway here:

I'd suspected that Google+ would quickly become a vehicle for this ...

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People love writing book reviews, even if book reviewers can't figure out why ...
"On Goodreads, a review is a personal opinion, and, more importantly, a jumping off point for a passionate discussion." Patrick Brown

I give props to Goodreads often not just because I'm a fan (and active user) of the site, but because its underlying philosophy reminds me a lot of the poetry slam scene back in the early days. There's a democratic vibe to it that seeks to promote discussion and engagement rather than authority, and it's one of the few social networks that's firmly rooted in reality: books are "social glue," as +Richard Nash likes to say, and a personal recommendation from a trusted friend often trumps a "professional" review every time.

Professional reviewers who are wringing their hands over "the death of the book review" are really just regretting their loss of authority, ephemeral as it was, and in many cases, the loss of a paycheck. Open disdain of citizen reviewers, whether on Amazon, Goodreads or "amateur" blogs is akin to academics who used to look down their noses at poetry slammers, and in recent years have found themselves rubbing elbows with those they once despised.

There's room for everybody on the Internet. Stop hating!

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Wired just posted the full text of my latest feature for them -- a profile of Sal Khan and the Khan Academy:

Just did my first "hangout", and I gotta say, it's a blast.
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