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Changing Generations




Most of my readers, I suppose, come from a generation after mine, baby boomers, X generationers, or whatever other label the pundits are foisting off on us. I' m a depression baby, a member of the print generation. According to the pundits I am supposed to be a staunch republican, conservative, and all that sort of stuff. Well it ain't so. My generation was the beatnik generation. I wasn't exactly a beatnik but I sure as hell don't fit into anybody's boxes.

The thing that you have to remember is that my generation didn't grow up with TV and MTV and all of the rest of the consumer electronic marvels of today. We read books. We read magazines. Being a member of the print generation and a renegade iconoclast my approach to the web is a little different.

If you browse (that's print generation talk for surfing) the WWW you see a lot of variety in sites but they mostly fall into a few categories. There are the company pages, electronic marketing literature. There are a host of personal home pages, your basic list of links and a bit of personal babbling, dressed up with a bit of clip art graphics. There are the documentation pages, scientists documenting the universe. And there are the hot (cool, whatever) pages, all graphics and minimal content.

To those of us of the print generation it's all very nifty and pretty but there's not a lot of meat on the bones. So what I am trying to do here is a compromise, something a little different. I'm trying to meld the print experience, the web experience, and the personal publication experience into one disunified whole. Stir in a bunch of eclectic content, varying from personal nattering to thought provoking essays to the definitely strange. Scatter it and link it. Dress it up. Offer the reader (that's print generation talk for view) a chance to participate. And then publish.

One thing you have to understand is that this is a WWW magazine. It is not a static bit of architecture. New material is published regularly. Unlike your traditional magazine, however, the old material is still there. It's multi-threaded in time and in content. At least that's the proposition on the table. Let's see how it flys.


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