(cross-posted, with some edits for clarity, from the other Planned Obsolescence)
So I left a post on the blog associated with the book project the other day, driven by the fact that I’d woken up in the middle of the night thinking, gee, where will readers of Planned Obsolescence do the kind of summary, synthetic commenting that attempts to make connections across the book? Not knowing how else to manage it, I figured I’d start an open thread, and let anybody who wanted to leave non-site-specific comments do so there.
As it turns out, however, the CommentPress installation that the book is published in runs in this nifty software package called multi-user WordPress — you may have heard of it! — which allows blogs to have as many authors as the blog’s owner (that would be me) would like. And those authors can create posts themselves, can organize discussion themselves, can tag their ideas themselves, and so on.
Boy, it’s amazing what these blogs can do!
So… the short of it is that the developers have woken me the rest of the way up and shown me how to provide a much more free-form space for open discussion of the book. All you have to do is register for an account over there by clicking “Log In” in the toolbar, and then clicking “Register” under the login form. Those of you who’ve already created accounts have been made authors, so you now have full posting privileges; I’ll add those privileges for other registered users as they appear.
I hope you’ll use that blog however you would like, to have any discussions around the book that you’d like. I’ll be interested to follow along!