I have been having web adventures since 1995, when I launched PopandPolitics.com as an individual blog site. I’m in the middle of revamping my digital properties, still learning what the mix of online and offline content production can yield.
On Tuesday April 24, I launched a new site, WORKand.US.
The domain is a bit of a pun (though, admittedly an obvious one). The site launches a book and multimedia project about “work and us” — our emotional and financial relationship to work — and the future of work in the U.S. economy. I’ve been gathering string on this project for a couple years now, and already have a substantial body of interviews. And on the 24th, I did a town hall meeting at WNYC’s The Greene Space on the future of jobs, which you can watch here.
It was a truly humbling experience, where we crowdsourced wisdom about how to deal with the economic earthquake. People stayed for half an hour after the panel talking and exchanging information. This level of intimacy is something I seek both in the field when I report and in the town halls that I host. I believe that active listening is one of the biggest strengths we can cultivate — as individuals, as a culture, and for people in information industries.
This website isn’t glamorous, but given the timing of the town hall, I decided to launch it in three days. I found a great (and reasonable) firm called Tech Liminal who set up the theme; I put up the content; and a dear friend Jack did this logo pretty much instantaneously.
I love the immediacy of the web and know just enough about it to seek help from the right people.
Over the summer, I’ll be working on my book/multimedia project and revamping both Farai.com and PopandPolitics.com. One of the bothersome realities of experimenting with the web is that you have to constantly revamp, relaunch, revise. I’ve learned that quick and dirty is sometimes better than overthought, over-wrought, and over-priced.
Meanwhile, I am in love with Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, which allowed me to find this snapshot of what PopandPolitics.com looked like in 1996. Play around with the Wayback Machine. It’s a trip.