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Still Jeff

25th of May 2000

     Can you feel it? Starting as a low rumble last winter with the attempted squashing of e-toy, there is a reactive gathering together of independent web developers and producers in a reunification that is fast approaching, as a June thunderstorm. The creative community of designers, artists, writers and programmers who launched this wired medium in the early nineties were tossed aside and left as carrion by the quick-strike dotcommies and their Wall Street greed.

     The voice is returning. The catalyzing event, in my view, was Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's ruling that technology giant Microsoft had broken anti-trust law. Contrary to pundit expectations, the technology markets in Chicago and New York went into a tail spin. Busting up Microsoft doesn't enhance competition. Instead, it disassembles the foundation of the total technology pyramid brick by brick. Suddenly all the flash-in-the-pan e-commerce whizkids have to pay to play. Shareholders tired of empty promises and quarterly losses are demanding return on investment. The dotcommies are dropping like flies.

     Enter the IndepenDev Realm. Seizing the opportunity to recapture momentum while the commercial web-world is reeling, the community of creative development is organizing its force. This Internet underground is engaging in conversation. The Cluetrain guys had it right. The swift expansion of the formerly hibernating weblog rings is rallying the troops. The production enclaves in Silicon Valley, New York City, Sydney and Scandinavia are discarding petty rivalry.

     Unproclaimed leaders with names like Zeldman, Arthur, Powazek, and Schmidt are getting face-time and dead tree ink in visible, mainstream publications. Forums and message boards all over the world are expressing common themes. It is time to get the word out that another World Wide Web exists.

     Ports of embarkation with names like Coolstop, Glassdog, and WebbieWorld are garnering more attention than ever before — and not just from within the community. The Web isn't only about buying and selling or sports scores. There actually are sites that don't blink and flash with thousands of irritating electronic billboards. It is resplendent with museums of art, projects for creative design, and learning centers that teach you how to participate.

     Interestingly enough, the same Internet that is the platform for contemporary creativity is the vehicle for dissemination. It is a near-perfect conversation communication mechanism. Take weblogs for example. Online journalizing has been around since the days of the original Mosaic web browser. This personal expression enjoyed a rebound in popularity in 1999, and has been propelled to tornado-like movement around the planet since the automation of updating by resourceful outfits like Pyra and others.

     The bloggers are asking each other what they can do to improve their conjugal lot. Mostly, it boils down to the essence of the Web, the hyperlink. Back and forth, round and round, from Phoenix to Peking, developers are reminding each other — tell the rest of the world how to discover the hidden Web.

     My message and hope is simple. I feel fortunate and grateful you were able to find this independent site. I know it takes an explorative nature to get even this far. If you are new to the Internet or just a casual observer, I invite and encourage you to discover the beauty and creativity that abounds. Use your sense of exploration by clicking some of the links above. If you are an independent content producer yourself, please take just 15 minutes out of each day to help those newcomers learn about the kinder, gentler Web.

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