It’s no surprise that Jay Hoffman writing about The Analog Web caught my eye, not for nostalgia, but something that circles forward. I’ve been following Jays History of the Web writing since, well I can’t remember when, and am pleased to see he has gotten federated.

Of many points I could grab as a Gardner Campbell gold sprinkled “nugget”, his mention of clanged a neuron.

For instance, in the much earlier days of the web, a group of artists and writers found each other out amongst the nodes of the network. They began creating websites unified only by a shared interest in what could be achieved on the web. After a while, they gathered under the banner of Internet Art, or for short. Their online creations ranged from hypertext poetry and avant garde stories to websites that extended performances into the real world or challenged the idea of what a website even was.

I refer, as I have before, to Rachel Greene in reference to her book about and the importance of the movement:

I refuse to let commercial interests dominate the history and perception of the net because I think they would exclude the most important and dynamic internal content – the aesthetic, creative, radical, political ideas and experiments

On a whim in 2010, during a visit to the hallowed MIT grounds in Cambridge, I picked up some books in the MIT Bookstore.

Books Scooped at MIT Press Store
Books Scooped at MIT Press Store flickr photo by cogdogblog shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

I was working for some now defunct organzation that had “new media” in its moniker, but actually did not know the stuff inside had this name of “” The books content was fully available (once) on a wiki, and all of the exhibits inside were of course visitable on the web.

In 2010.

Sometime much later, I took it on myself to run my own project to revisit the sites, collecting updates, archive links in a tumblr site (wow did I have a time remembering how to login and navigate tumblr-ville) a called (re) New Media Art.

Each entry included a screenshot, a link if it existed, if not, an internet archive link. Yup, I guess I blogged about it too it looks like I did a thing with the tumblr RSS feed and ancient syndication trickery to republish them in my blog. My gosh it worked, small pieces loosely taped together.

My entry for a revisit to the Life Sharing project from the original New Media Art book.

I only got a portion of them done, well maybe only 6 yet another started, partly done CogDogBog

When I taught the Networked Narratives course, I did give my students an assignment to research the ones I had not completed, and generate the entry for which they got credit – e.g see the “researched by” credit for the revisit to My Boyfriend Came Back from the War. The four newest ones on the site were done by students (and one by the venerable participant in everything @dogtrax).

The point here is Jay’s mention of sent me back to look at my site, its still there, and just out of curiosity, I followed the original link for the Life Sharing site, where the domain itself is art to find a redirect… woah it is now part of a Rhizome exhibit of Net Art Anthology that is much much better (more media and references) than my crappy tumblr.

Net Art Anthology entry for Life Sharing (well worth a scroll stroll)

I have to see the whole Anthology is a rich trove of That is alive, with a pulse. That’s a lot because it is published in those old formats that still work. You want durability over the long haul? Stay with HTML.

One link leads to another to another (and Alan getting distracted!)

Featured Image: Simple Net Art Diagram animated GIF by MTAA. The Net Art Anthology states it is licensed under a Creative Commons license” but the old school source page indicates it is placed into the public domain using Creative Commons CC0. See Nate Angell! Some of us make the distinction clear!

Animation of a diagram with lines connecting two old computers, like a network. A flashing icon in the middle hgas a label reading "The art happens here"
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An early 90s builder of web stuff and blogging Alan Levine barks at on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person. And he is 100% into the Fediverse (or tells himself so) Tooting as


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