Change in Plans

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Categories: Modern, Not an expert
The innsbrucker Stadtlweg at afternoon rush hour in the fall
One of the streets near the Zentrum für alte Kulturen, Innsbruck. Sorry for the rush-hour traffic, but sun waits for no photographer!

This blog is in its fourth year, and I have posted almost every week. But in this fifth year (my years start in September), I have a dissertation to finish and some issues in my private life to deal with. For the past few months, writing a post every week has felt like a burden. So I am moving to an irregular schedule, with probably two or three posts a month. I may let myself post more lighthearted things about whatever inspires my whimsy, and not try so hard to balance different themes every month.

On this blog I try to practice a certain kind of Internet culture: one centred around curiosity, acknowledging other people’s hard work and good ideas, and trying to learn about other communities and share ideas from my community with them. That culture is important to me, but it is not useful to the people who are mangling the Internet so that power and wealth fall into their hands. More and more websites appear blank unless you enable a dozen Javascript libraries and download megabytes of cruft; more and more material is hidden unless you sign up for a service with a gigantic multinational which controls what you can say and what you can search for and makes its money by tracking you and propagandizing you. I have noticed many creative and sensitive people from the UK and USA stop posting to the public Internet in the past year. But while I don’t like slowing down, I hope it is better than stopping completely.

I hope to have some academic publications to announce and pictures of cats to share in the coming months. Thanks to everyone who stops by!

0 thoughts on “Change in Plans

  1. Prufrock says:

    Main thing is to keep this something you enjoy doing. Hope the dissertation goes swimmingly and that the personal issues can be resolved, moved past, and/or managed as well as possible. All the best, and I have to say I have been won over by the form of ‘internet curiosity’ you practice.

    Thanks for all the interesting posts and look forward to more when time and mood allow.

    Best,
    Aaron

    1. Sean Manning says:

      You’re welcome Aaron! If I ever come across anything else to share with the wargamers, maybe I will post again to Phil Sabin’s list, but ancient Near Eastern sources are not really the best for building an ORBAT or technical description of a battle. And for me the fun of any kind of tabletop gaming is playing with other people.

  2. Jeff S. says:

    Sean, I’ll look forward to reading future blog posts at whatever pace makes sense for your life. I’ve insisted for years that some of the most interesting (and unclassifiable) people are still writing blogs. I was troubled a decade ago by how eager people were to exchange what you refer to as the public Internet for opportunities to enrich big social-media firms instead. Best of luck getting everything done in the months ahead! And be assured that you’ll still have readers when you find you have new things to say.

    1. Sean Manning says:

      Thank you Jeff! The other thing which occurs to me is that different media can reach different kinds of people. There are people who will never read something, but will believe it if someone telegenic sits in front of a camera and tells them about it … and the reverse is true. Now back to work I go …

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