[I've had a relapse with recovering from this cold, so tonight I'm using the lazy option for my #blogjune post. When I switched blogging platforms in 2003, there was a bit of a problem and I lost a number of posts. I had a very ugly text export of the old blog, and so eventually I manually reformatted and republished several posts in the new platform. I didn't get around to rescuing all of the lost posts. The following post was first published on 9 June 2003. It begins with a discussion of the blog's then new tagline - which is now only exists in the Wayback Machine. It's interesting about the radical thing - maybe it's about being 8 years older, but I would no longer call myself a radical law librarian. These days I'm more interested in ideas than identifying with a particular label. But I haven't entirely changed, attempts to circumvent copyright's idea / expression of idea distinction continue to make me extremely annoyed.]
I was thinking of adding something like "a radical law librarian's perspective" at the end of the description, but decided against it, because I didn't like the idea of my description being 3 lines long.
I was also toying with the idea of capitalizing the word Content or putting the word in quotation marks because I find it deeply ironic the way that all of the important things on the web have been reduced to being just one form of content or another. Sometimes I get the impression that some techie people think that one sort of content is interchangeable with any other sort of content. Of course, in a way this is true, but this attitude defeats the whole idea of content in the first place. The whole point is that words, images, sounds etc have context, and are not interchangeable! Also it leads to travesties like the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which side-steps the crucial idea/expression of idea distinction by declaring everything to be digital media.
Anyway, I didn't do this because a capital letter would have stood out like a sore thumb and some people think the ironic use of quotation marks to be pretentious - or something which Dr Evil likes to do :) Not that I really care if somebody thinks I'm pretentious - that's her/his problem - but I am aware that quotation marks lose their effectiveness if they're used too frequently.