April 09, 2003

Topic: New Media Art

Channel 'new_media_art' is a new topic at Topic Exchange. Set up by the one Ethan Eismann. Be interesting to see how it develops.

Personally I have some reservations on Topic Exchange. Too impersonal. No editing. People want their information served up in a friendly manner, and the best way to do that is customize the design to the topic. Templates seem to be in the works for Topic Exchange, but I'm not sure that's enough. I think the concept is cool, but it needs to be decentralized so that people can fully customize their topic channels or whatever they will be called. And they need to be able to edit who can post. Otherwise the signal to noise will destroy all topics as soon as the spammers discover the concept. Plus editing equals vastly higher quality.

All coming soon I think, but I'm not sure Topic Exchange will be the enabler.

Posted by Abe at April 9, 2003 02:23 AM


Good observations. One thing that can be done right now is for someone (or a group) to use a channel as raw material, filter the RSS feed and republish it however they like. The original channel page could be made to point to the nicer byproducts.

Good idea, topic exchange is definetly moving towards some good stuff. Think it will take some hacking and experimenting till it gets to a real lift off point though. I just need to find the time to start playing around a bit ;)

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