Thursdays at the Berkman Center (Harvard Law School) are typically an "inhouse" affair, during which the regulars and guests spend about an hour or so learning from each other about some aspect of blogging. This summer, the discussions have been particularly rich, focusing on platforms (like LiveJournal), tagging and the state of WiFi in Boston (a hot topic). Future sessions will cover Wikis, food blogs, blogging for non-profits and so on.
However, tonight being Harvard graduation (read -major traffic jam), the Berkman Thursday crowd decamped to the other side of the river, and converged on the ICA (Institute for Contemporary Art).
The ICA's current exhibit "Getting Emotional:Thirty-two international artists explore the expression of feelings through painting, photography, sculpture, and video" proved to be ripe for blogging . . . as the offerings ranged from the eerily beautiful (e.g. Warhol's Nine Jackies - the center strip of which is used in another work - 20 Jackies) to the intensely disturbing.
As the Berkman ArtMob spread out among the floors, we had an opportunity to experience not only our own emotional reactions to "Getting Emotional" but also recorded and provided commentary on other people viewing the exhibition.
Always willing to take an abstraction to the next level (meta-meta-meta), I decided to concentrate on an aspect of the recording in progress, namely, choice of blogging hardware.
What follows is an impromtu interview with some of my blogging peers, during which they reveal a diversity of technique . . . one of the aspects of the blogging culture that makes this emerging form of public conversation a constantly unfolding surprise.