This exercise brought back fond memories of MySpace in its heyday. For an Internet minute, people threw themselves with abandon into the creative community-building through commenting. Before the process formalized into a component of SEO practice, reciprocating idea-exchanges in short>long bursts with the tiered forms under posted images, videos, music and texts produced virtuous social effects with real promise for shaping small>big all-directional discourse. The process-structure was rooted in cyclic democratic/free speech and enabled by HTML, then other widgets, embedded in constantly improving skins and code (i.e., CSS). It didn't take long for the myriad of inventions/conventions for social media commenting congealed into a mass phenomenon that became a target for the virtual extraction/exploitation complex. Over time, the medium (commenting) was consumed by trolls, spammers, bots, surveillance ops, strategic market analysts/promoters, trend generators and manipulators and worse - predators. Now unmoderated or undermoderated comments fields feel like ghetto streets after midnight. It was refreshing to re-visit a safe zone, this one created by/for NMNF. A thought: our comments/assignment-project feels a bit gated-community, doesn't it? (...Not a judgment; just an observation)
TECH NOTE: I apologize to the class for not solving my own unintentional closed-door policy for commenting on posts within this blog. I realized too late that my site settings conflicted with this blog's settings. My NMNF settings show "Comments On," but I may have disabled comments in general admin, in response to the brutal array of interventions/hacks/etc directed at this site and others in my AFH network during and after my involvement in Occupy Wall Street. Some of those exploited the comments sections in sites with soc_med capacity to undermine our creative community-building efforts within and external to the movement. At some point I vaguely recall shutting down all comments fields on all AFH/PJM-affiliated sites to the extents practicable. Ultimately, I essentially abandoned soc_med (almost) entirely, after concluding that most centralizing platforms (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, et al.) were co-opted/-ing tools of forces I believe are anti-art/-democracy/-community/-freedom etc.