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Friday, April 01, 2005 


The team at the McDonald Institute's Semiotics Department has applied for United Nations special funding for the world's first Cross-Cultural Blogging network. The funding proposal is reprinted here.

No Blog is an Island The Semiotics of Cross-Cultural Blogging in the UnHeard of & McDonald Islands.
ABSTRACT: The fact that we can construct a model of the world, and simultaneously exist within it, has its good points and bad points. Most of us are not even living in the present; we spend most of our time reliving the past or imagining the future. Yet, without any technology, the indigenous peoples of the UnHeard of & McDonald Islands have for centuries been simulating life. This project involves re-implementing the islanders' centuries-old system for inter-island exchange, using blog software. A second phase of the project aims to digitise the cultural archives of the islands. The project will make reference to the Ralwin postulate, which maintains that we construct a model of ourselves and place it within the model of the world. The presentation will conclude with a demonstration of WebPaste, a world-class technique for generating academic abstracts, developed at the MacDonald Island Institute. Copyright 2005. All rights reserved. This material may not be republished, rebroadcast, rewritten, or deconstructed in any manner.