The Slow Web Movement

Rebecca Blood wrote on “The Slow Web” today:

The Slow Web would be more like a book, retaining many of the elements of the Popular Web, but unhurried, re-considered, additive. Research would no longer be restricted to rapid responders. Conclusions would be intentionally postponed until sufficiently noodled-with. Writers could budget sufficient dream-time before setting pixel to page. Fresh thinking would no longer have to happen in real time.

Go read her article and the cinema post that inspired it.
I am only occasionally interested in blog posts, be it writing them or reading them, that are apart of the hyper-fast web, what has happened right now – usually if it about an earthquake that just happened or a revolution (like Iran last June). I particularly dislike the echo chamber of tech/mobile blog posts that happen within 30 minutes of a press release or a keynote from a company executive.
But blog posts that are written after one has considered the subject, looked at various sides, actually held the device in one’s hand, mused on events & filtered them through experience, thought about the repercussions, and then write an informed opinion piece – now that is good slow web.

3 thoughts on “The Slow Web Movement

  1. I’ve been thinking some about this recently. The desire to be hyper-timely in blogging has waned greatly for me. There are sooo many voices that being “first” or being part of the initial conversation (blog conversations happen much much more rarely these days) isn’t as important. I often, when I do actually write things of substance, take as much time as I need to process before sitting down to write. It took me a week to write about my experiences in New Orleans recently and I think the piece was better for it.
    My own real challenge right now is trying to get beyond the personal pressure I put on myself to stay timely in the consuming of the web. That feed reader burden is a pain in the ass.

  2. Hi Jason,
    Much of what I would feel pressured to participate in ‘Fast Web’ I do on Twitter, of which then it becomes conversational rather than reportage. And as you say, blog conversations have become much rarer these days, but when they do happen they are good quality.
    In some ways the fast web of twitter and the hyper fast web of the multi-post daily bloggers frees the rest of us up to slow down and craft. This is good.
    If I may be so bold as to make the comparison, I think that you and I are both trying to figure out how twitter, blog ideas/playlists/images/etc daily, and then on a weekly or sometimes less or sometimes more write a more considered post. I like what you have done with your Tumblr and Typepad blogs and you do give me a good chuckle with the Tumblr, but I do appreciate when you take the time to write a post like your NOLA post.

  3. p.s. One of the way I have solved the pressure of my RSS feed is to divide it up into folders. The Daily, Humor, Friends & Art/Photo I am allowed to look at everyday. The other 10 folders I divide up by day of the week and only read one a day and then on my full day off (Sat or Sun) I finish up the whole feed.
    This method allows me to keep up on the folks I like best and some generalist blogs, and then once a week I read the various professional Design, UX, Dev, Mobile, Ideas/SocialMedia, etc feed folders. Since I started doing this, I have gotten off the pressure habitatrail wheel that made me think that I had to blog & respond to everything now.
    Now I have time to work, walk, visit with friends and family, as well as participate in the larger web community without something exploding. Mostly…

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