Where Lawns End

3668488120_88cb2b8fa4Where Lawns End: The Rumpus Interview with Amy Stein isn't about cyberspace but it resonates with my research because it focuses on 'our conflicting impulses to both hang back from and bridle the wild' – very relevant to the way human beings behave when they encounter an unfamiliar space. In cyberspace, very often, fear of wild animals is often replaced with of fear of the 'wild' humans who may be lurking with intent to harm. Even more reason, therefore, to be sure of one's boundaries. (With thanks to Tawny Grammar)

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The Twitter Tree

MG Siegler of Techcrunch provides not just a useful if short commentary:

Sure, you could read about the history of Twitter in long-form blog posts, but that seems to go against the spirit of the micro-messaging service. So instead, here’s a picture created by InfoShotsManolith
that puts some key moments of the service’s history in visual form.
This spans from the advent of UNIX “Talk” in the 1980s (an early
real-time text update system), all the way to the Twipocalypse.
for the blog

But also an earlier draft of the image concept:

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‘Nature and Cyberspace: The Wild Surmise’ to be published by Bloomsbury Academic

Creek merging with ocean

Today I signed a contract with Bloomsbury's new scholarly imprint Bloomsbury Academic. Delivery date is September 2012 so i need to get my skates on – lots to do. I'm very excited to be working with Bloomsbury, since they seem to have the right idea about publishing in a new media world – they understand how open source works and they're prepared to experiment at the more risky end of publishing. I gather their new website will be launching soon, and there we will see the full glory of their intentions :)

As for The Wild Surmise – they want to switch the title around to 'Nature and Cyberspace: The Wild Surmise', and I can see how that makes sense because it's more explicit but retains the poetry of the original phrase. I'm keen to reach beyond academia with this book.

So now the idea becomes a firm reality. I'm really looking forward to it!

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