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/commentable: Fight The Third Camp? Link Love.
Dinarius = digital interest
12 May 2008

Fight The Third Camp? Link Love.

Dear Google, DIGG, Techmeme, NewsPond, Internernet News RSS feed and everyone else who knows more than I. Or is it ‘me?’ I and the 5 to 11 readers of this /commentable Blog on Dinarius, would like to propose a change to help weed out the creeping Third Camp problem that threatens and offends the real brains who contribute to the Internet and technology and the overall progress that we love. I propose LinkLove to be manditory among known Third Camp offenders.

Dinarius.com/commentable is a Third Camp offender. The link that inspired this “outing,” points to a story by http://www.parislemon.com and that link will even take you away from Dinarius! Unheard of in the Dinarius HTML editing room! MG Siegler’s lament about being ‘robbed’ by Ars Technica is heart-felt and genuine – so much so that my grade school English teacher would have pulled him away from the computer by his ear halfway through the story for not spelling the number TWO and other, minor errors.

I make this plea when the most popular blog styles by reader preference are News, Technology and Humor according to today’s listing of Technorati.com where Ars Technica was shown to me to be Number Seven on the list. So, also, we add Technorati.com to the list of addressees. With so many authors hounding down the same stories, redundant content is nearly impossible to avoid unless algorithms beat stories into a logical submission (thank you SO much Techmeme, here’s your link: TECHMEME.com).


I designed the Dinarius business card. I’m proud to have done so and, for a small fee, will do the same for you and your business if you would just friggin’ ask (I’ve never received a dime for graphic arts although it’s what I went to school for four years for).

High quality Business card design.

As an interesting note to all this, those four colored balls (representing the four spheres of influence Dinarius had) were instituted before I saw Google doing the same exact thing with four slightly different colored balls! Additionally, HeavyWeight in Miami printed these handsome suckers and complimented me. The analogy to this discussion is that two weeks ago, a lady friend and I noticed that HeavyWeight is now spitting out a print advert so obviously inspired by what they saw here that I would be surprised if they disagreed.

I don’t have a copy of it handy, but when I laughed and showed friends, they all agreed and asked if I was going to sue! What?! Heck no! I’m flattered to have inspired such a talented group of graphic artists whether they’re aware of it or not. In that case there’s no Link Love. Only professional courtesy – I could easily walk into their new offices one day and say, “if you have any overflow graphics work, send it my way if you please!” And most likely, they would consider it. In graphic arts, to be inspired by work you admire is absolutely the norm. Humble courtesy is the most that can be expected.


If I haven’t been clear about what Third Camp is, here’s clarification: Third Camp Reporting is basically op-ed opining (that’s giving an opinion) about News that covers a Story. The Story is the First Camp, the following News is the Second Camp and publishing an Opinion (opining) about various News Stories is the Third and final Camp. I’ve long felt that this is at the heart of the term, “Blog.”

In the past, I’ve been called out inproperly for being really anti-blog. What I’ve been against isn’t blogs. I’ve been against News makers making News out of blogs. I still am, but this isn’t about that. This is about precious metrix and algorithms that calculate worth and value in this purely digital, intangible medium. I fear I’ve already gone on too long, but Mr. Siegler has a point beyond the writing in his article/rant/lament. It’s not fair to credit Third Camp sites thereby raising their value, no matter how witty or clever or talented their digested understanding of Second Camp News is when they don’t credit their sources no matter how droll or dry or grammatically error-prone they may have been.

LinkLove Biblios are link-backs that act as a Bibliography to the reader; a way to read deeper into the story that they first read.

I’ve read technology white papers and press releases and first-hand writing of inventors and patent makers and nothing brings sleep faster. Witty, half-assed sarcastic swarms of smart-alek blogs get the credit and hordes of readers AND TONS of advertising revenue, without directing readers to the inspiration/s of the story in most cases. Not only was not citing sources a reason to get a bad mark in school, it should count against these sites when it comes time to monetize. From day one we were taught to cite and reference sources.

Bad writing will always be bad writing and what the people seem to want en masse is sarcasism and elitist attitudes and exclusionary humor. I’m not for that personally, but, let sites like Ars Technica claim their advertising revenue values on their basis of accounting for their inspirations. They’ll stay popular and in the Black. This will only encourage Second Camp sites to put on their personality hats and engage their few readers with better writing and level the playing field more correctly. Then, we’ll have a reason to invent the term, Fourth Camp: The horde of Third Campers who don’t provide Link Love!

Earlier, we wrote: Viva La Third Camp

Favorite's the ARTICLE, not the SITE.