massive links update and its implications
Post #382 • October 7, 2004, 8:21 AM • 21 Comments
I have made significant updates to the links page of Artblog.net. I intended to put up the utmost list of art blogging links, but more or less gave it up once I hit forty sites or so.
Yes, forty. Not all of them post with equal frequency - in fact, I grandfathered some of them in - but that may represent a 300% increase over last year.
Since I work in both old and new publishing media, I think about how the latter will affect the former. One can speculate on these things at nauseating length, and bloggers often do. I only want to make some brief points:
The newspaper I worked with most recently did its in-house edits on a proprietary line-editing system. It hashed out edits with authors over e-mail. Final versions of articles went to print and the website. None of these four data types behaved compatably, resulting in weird character insertions that the paper didn't always bother to remove by the time it served the article on the web.
If you know HTML, you'll recognize the code of just about any newspaper site as a cry for help. Find me a newspaper site that validates as XHTML 1.0 Strict. Okay, Transitional. Okay, find me one that validates as anything.
A similar 300% increase in the number of print-based art critics or art coverage has not occured at the newspapers.
My instincts and a few facts tell me that the newspapers will join the 21st Century (by keeping up with what seems like an explosion of interest in art, and instituting high web-based production standards) shortly after new media hands it its rear end on a platter. I don't think that newspapers will disappear anytime soon, but I do think that if they continue to putter along like they do, people will run out of reasons to read them except for the fact that you can't clip coupons out of your monitor. If I ran a newspaper, I would scramble to produce a rich, complementary, XHTML 1.1/CSS2 valid/508 compliant/RSS 2.0 & Atom enabled web presence, if only out of self-preservation.
Now, about all those sites: I will retool Artsfeed, which will aggregate them sensibly. In the meantime, happy clicking. Enjoy your poolside view of the future of arts writing.