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Part the Second: Linky things

I've subscribed to the Open Rights Group, the UK-centred organisation campaigning for digital rights. What with all this stuff about the Feds trying to get Google's records, digital privacy is scaring me even more... I was trying to get a syndication of the blog going, but the page that's linked to as the RSS feed doesn't have any style information associated with it, apparently. And just bunging a .xml on the end doesn't work, either. Oh, well.

A Kafkaesque Flash game. I haven't got anywhere with it, but I'm not sure if that's the point or if it's because I'm crap at this kind of game (I could never get Arthur anywhere further than the pub, in the Hitchhikers Text Adventure [You have to go through that page, it's a bot-checker]. Oooh, there's a new shiny version of it now, too.

I love magnetic poetry. It must be nearly ten years ago now that one of my friends bought a set from the Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh. It's great! I can't wait till I have a fridge big enough to do poetry on again. But now, apparently, we have magnetic poetry that'll correct your grammar. Except it learns from your grammar in the first place, so...not only does it muck up the whole "poetry" idea, it's completely pointless. That's a very strange article, actually.

I don't know how many of you have been following the whole JT Leroy debacle. He's been a "hot new writer" for a few years, with big-name fans and a remarkable background involving much Drama and Angst (Abuse, gender issues, HIV and prostitution, for example). But it turns out that JT Leroy doesn't actually exist - he's the construction of a middle-aged female writer. Cue much angsting and flailing of hands in the literary community, of which I've only read a limited amount - there's a debate about whether the fact that the author doesn't exist and the material is fiction, not autobiographical, changes the value or literary merit of the work. But the first thing that's really, really interested me about the whole thing is William Gibson's response: "I guess this is the literary equivalent of phantom limb syndrome, but now that I'm pretty much convinced that J.T. Leroy never existed, I catch myself regretting never having met him. I think that might mean that he was America's first idoru, in the fullest Japanese sense, paradoxically manifesting mainly on our oldest mass-media platform, the printed word." Idoru is one of Gibson's better books, IMO, and it's kinda mad that he can see it coming true. (In the book, an Idoru only exists in cyberspace, but is a fully functional intelligent being there.)

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camtarn
Jan. 21st, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
You need to feed the RSS URL to some sort of feed reader (Firefox Live Bookmarks, Thunderbird, an RSS aggregator, or websites such as Bloglines) otherwise you do just get plain XML. RSS feeds are designed to be machine-readable rather than human-readable (although Firefox does have an extension to allow you to read them as normal web pages, which is quite nifty.)

If you don't fancy using an RSS reader or feed service, someone's already added the ORG feed to Livejournal's syndication mechanism - just add openrightsgroup to view the feed on your friends page.
pickwick
Jan. 21st, 2006 12:39 am (UTC)
Ah! Excellent, ta. I've made RSS feeds into LJ syndications before, though, I'm sure - very confused now!
londonkds
Jan. 21st, 2006 07:29 am (UTC)
From what I gather the big issue with "J T Leroy" is that "he" apparently went so far as begging money from people on the grounds of his poverty. Which is questionable in a whole different way.
pickwick
Jan. 21st, 2006 10:26 am (UTC)
Ooh - yeah, that's pretty dodgy.
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