These four people are contributors at both HTMLGIANT and Big Other, and I’m wondering what we think about that, if anything. Being a Big Other contributor, I’m certainly pleased that these four interesting thinker/artist people are posting “along side of me”–whatever that means.
But you know, I can also read their thoughts on HTMLGIANT. Which makes me wonder whether they’re planning to contribute different types of posts to the different places, whether they’ll think of something, and think, “This seems like a good post for Big Other.” Perhaps each person’s reason is different.
This is interesting, because, according to John Madera, he did not have a specific goal in mind when creating Big Other, other than providing another forum for the discussion of art and culture. Of course, whether he likes it or not, Big Other will gain an identity, if only through accretion. What will that identity be?
It seems reasonable to assume that the audiences are similar. That is, GIANT has been around longer, and has a much larger readership, but there probably aren’t any Big Other readers who have foresworn HTMLGIANT. Or are there?
In an online world of duplicate and repeating information–like Joyelle McSweeney’s “present tense” that favors multiplication to subtraction and temporality–it’s interesting to see how it spreads, is adopted by various communities, and effects the nature of those communities. This post seems almost sickeningly meta, but that seems appropriate.