Note to The Community

As you are all probably aware this blog has kind of “blown up” in the last month. Partially it comes from my more frequent posting. As I spend more time on the blog, I’ve had to wrestle with the idea of moving it over to, where I could accept advertising. But when I look at some friend’s blogs with Google ads, it just seems stupid. As we talk about the sub prime mortgage crisis, ads would appear offering sub prime mortgages. So, instead, I’ve added a Paypal tip jar. You can feel free to ignore it without any guilt, but if some small change may fall my way, it would be appreciated.


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0 Responses to Note to The Community

  1. FF says:

    Hi Jon,

    I’ve been reading your blog since Cory linked to it on Boing Boing, and this seems like a good time to let you know how much I’ve had my brain tickled by your political and economic commentary (altho’ dude, I love Dylan but I could live without the baby boomer whining about how your culture was so much better than mine :-)). Big picture. Erudite. Clear. Original. Thanks.

  2. Rick Turner says:

    FF, do something about your culture, and we’ll stop whining! But I’m pre-baby boomer…

  3. woodnsoul says:

    Expansion in the face of economic catastrophe – gutsy move!

  4. douglas newhouse says:

    how much do you wamt/need to keep this going?

  5. Armand Asante says:

    I gotta agree with FF here.

    I love this blog – “Erudite. Clear. Original.” but that stuff about culture really rubbed me the wrong way.

    I’m 33 years old but I love my culture. I also love the emerging culture of the past 10 years – the internet culture.

    The same culture that lets me download movies. Lets me find any single piece of television I ever saw on TV as a kid on youTube. And let me get my degree without attending most of my classes – doing most of my studying on the net from home (which is also why I no longer find the subject of cheating on exams such a big deal – whatever I NEED to know, I’ll actually KNOW when I really need it).

    Other than that – I love this blog. My first read whenever I log on.

  6. Jon Taplin says:

    Armand- I promise you I am working hard to overcome my old fogey prejudice against your generations cultural output. In fact I’m listening to Airborne Toxic Event right now and liking it.

    You see, you can teach an old dog new tricks.

  7. Azmanon says:

    Jon, you know I’m also an avid reader and occasional poster here (for numerous reasons). In short, I believe this is what participatory democracy looks like on the intellectual debate level (and in an open and highly distributed manner). You’ve assembled a good following and even something of a think-tank here and I’d say its because you’re saying what needs to be said and people are listening.

    I understand Armand’s concern about generational gap and cultural issues. On the other hand I’m overwhelmed at the response to your ‘Cranky with the Culture’ post. Both of these indicators point to a key issue that I’ve felt plays an underhanded but defining role in the current debate arena, particlarly related to our “Culture”. I’m talking about the shift from passive consumers to active producers (be it labor, food, goods, leadership, communities, and “social media” like art, music, etc). In the world of participatory culture, ideas are as much a resource as anything else from which we live from and ideas are what’s being discussed here.

    As for the revenue issue I think this is a fork in the upward direction, but I’m wondering if the fork can’t expand outwardly too, as in, evolve into another form. The community is here. As I hinted above, can we do something more? This blog is something of a production but What are we creating exactly?

    ps. You are hosted by WordPress, don’t you mean moving to Blogspot (ie. Google)?

  8. zak says:

    Azmanon — there’s and

    .org allows you more freedom in terms of widgets and advertising etc.

  9. woodnsoul says:

    I am always at a loss when I see a Tip Jar.

    How much does one “tip”? Is a buck and insult? $5, $10, $20?

    How often?

    I read your blog almost daily and enjoy it. I pay for my daily newspaper at a fairly nominal rate.

    Perhaps it is a cultural issue, but us geezers out here may not be conversant with the requisite etiquette for this situation.

    A little help please.

  10. VeryBadMan says:

    $20 is not going to put a dent in this bucket. This is Jon Taplin! I don’t think he would consider anything under six figures.

  11. BobbyG says:

    WordPress is a feeble platform., warts and all is my preference.

    BTW ,don’t crack on Jon over the “tip jar.” I have one for my music blog, and it has helped me with my increasing expenses supporting my guys, given my increase in traffic. I don’t wanna crap up my blog look with ads either.

  12. Rick Turner says:

    Armand, are you willing to pay to support your culture? Or does, in your mind, “information want to be free?” You’re not going to get the best from writers, musicians, and artists if you are a participant in the “it’s OK to download everything for nothing” culture.

  13. Greg says:

    given that anything that can be represented in a digital format is no longer a “scarcity” commodity, I think the best way to express support as we emerge into the new freedom is exactly willingness to support those things that you hold most dear, with of a self-imposed payment or expression of support. Part of what I’m implying is that Armand is right, things that are digital can and probably should be downloaded, because that is how the technology works. It seems contradictory, because it is. The old system based on scarce commodities implied that for every unit you take there is one less of those in the world. That’s why (I believe) people who download don’t sense that there is anything wrong with it. We’re all just feeding our minds with information that is out there anyway from the giant pool that we (our culture) creates.

  14. Greg says:

    payment comes from a system of imposed restrictions. ie, you can’t get into this show unless you buy a ticket for $20.

  15. Greg says:

    oops, that was a bit of a departure from the matter at hand, sorry. Love this blog. Technically, I’m one who has frequented since Cory mentioned it too. (lucky I caught bb that day). Any time I’m online there are about three things I load right away, this being one. I’m aghast at how good, and consistent of a writer you are, Jon. Easily worth every penny and more down the road. There are few places on the web with the clarity of focus and unusually high caliber of the readership that this weblog has. It bodes well for coming times I hope.

  16. Chris Weekly says:

    @Jon – Right on, $10 sent your way and it won’t be the last time. (Though I think given my level of appreciation/enjoyment/edification, if I’d used the same math as the criminal idiots who got us into the current crisis, I’d have paid you about $70,000. )

    @Armand – Amen bro. Right there w/ you, I’m 34 (and a “web architect” by trade, hence attuned to the huge importance of the cultural framework per se — meaning specifically web/UGC/open technology — as critically relevant in discussions of the cultural contributions of our generation… but I digress and perhaps the Cranky/Culture post is a better forum for this? Forging ahead anyway.)

    @Rick I actually agree w/ the sentiment behind your point — moochers suck if that’s all they do. But there are many ways to participate, and I don’t understand the basis of your accusation against Armand here. Information does want to be free. But acknowledging that does not in any way subscribe one to the strawman mindless mooch position you describe. Brutally unfair of you to assume that Armand might not (like me) do any number of things to contribute, the value of which can radically exceed merely listening to ads on a commercial radio station or paying the RIAA by purchasing a recording the way their lawyers want you to. For example these are things I’ve done this month (and I believe this is representative of my demographic): pay for an emusic subscription… buy tickets to a live, *actual performance*… put $ in a tipjar… purchase artist-supporting goods… act as a cultural maven w/ valuable marketing by way of word-of-mouth and amplified word-of-web promotion… directly assist a band w/ technology issues they don’t have time or inclination to master… and yes, occasionally pay for a plastic disc (despite the support this lends to the real leeches/dinosaurs of the RIAA whose co-opting of real culture w/ exploitative contract terms and monocultural/homogenous output, which model is finally being dismantled in favor of a more egalitarian artist-centric world) . Music recordings are now (properly, in my view) used as marketing to get people to support an artist, rather than live performances being used as an advertisement to buy the CD.

    In the words of the phenomenally talented and righteously independent Ani DiFranco,

    “People used to make records
    as in a record of an event
    the event of people playing
    music in a room.”

    /end long digression:

    I paid Jon $10 and will again and if you’re reading this blog and getting anything like what I am out of it, you should too.

  17. douglas newhouse says:

    if you want to get paid you need to have a suggested ammount and have people decline payment when entering the site–to me $20 a year seems about right—

  18. Brian says:

    Jon, no one ever starts a personal blog to become popular and the time invested when it does can be overwhelming.

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