delicious links

April 26, 2007 at 8:57 am (blog, blogging, culture, personal, teaching, thoughts)

I had a few people from Kitsch class ask me for my del.icio.us page, since I referred to it a few times in class. It’s funny to have a page that I’ve compiled full of things that I’m interested in, but that I’ve put it together not really thinking that anyone would want to look at it. What I’m trying to say in a roundabout way is that it’s strangely personal – not hugely so, but I can’t help but notice the vegan/gardening/music links mixed in with some that I specifically saved for school. Del.icio.us is kinda like a curatorial project – you can’t actually share exactly what’s on your mind in a very specific sort of way (because to do so, you’d really have to make your own art), but you start with a pre-existing group of things and pick out what interests you and then show them to everyone else, hoping there will be some sort of connection there.

The other thing I’m getting at in a roundabout way is how del.icio.us forces its users in a really weird way to take a stand. Flat out: Do you like a particular website or not? There’s no irony, no speaking with quotes around things; it’s just a simple and straightforward decision: Do you like a site and do you like it enough to go on record as having that opinion? As soon as the kids from my Kitsch class started asking for the link, I rushed over to the page to see if there was anything embaressing posted there. A link to a corny band, pics of ugly shoes, anything? And while there are a few things that I could see the argument for pulling off the list, I’m actually going to leave it because I think it’s a nice record of how I was feeling at, say, 2am on a certain Tuesday.

Anyway. Point is, I don’t want it to be a permalink forever and ever, but if you want to see it, here it is in all its geeky glory:
http://del.icio.us/amywilson

It’s rambling and horribly disorganized, just like me.

And that was just a lovely timewaster during which I probably didn’t say anything that hasn’t been said before about del.icio.us. I need to get back to grading papers. Sigh. I miss Kitsch class already.

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