Day Without Color

Maynard's site's biggest selling point is not the celebrity showcase, but the society of other readers, say the regulars. "Each participant has their own distinct 'voice'... as if the discussions had taken place in a corner table over a long, lingering dinner," said frequent contributor Anthony Risser in an e-mail interview. "Joyce is simply *one* of those voices." And like all legit communities, Joyce's Place has its share of difficult personalities. One participant who calls herself "Holden" responded so brutally to the suicidal musings of another that she was blocked from the BB for a month. (Maynard later reinstated her.) For Maynard, the diplomacy has been expert preparation for her current book tour. "[The site] has been this very useful thing--I feel like I've been in training and boxing people for months."


Signal and Noise

Reality Check: RelevantKnowledge reported that 3.6 million unique visitors read the Starr report on national and regional news sites on September 11 and 12. ESPN reported 11.4 million viewers to its site on September 12 alone to read about Mark McGwire's record, proving home runs capture the American imagination more than getting to third base...

Pedigrees: Blue-blood online resource OurSquare.com, accessible only to students and alums of the Ivy League and selected colleges, finally figured out that the biggest repositories of cash might be in its members' own pockets. For $250, users can now join the site's new Capital Network to access business proposals, advisory services, and, of course, seed money. Meanwhile, sixdegrees.com--the million-member New York site that applies the Kevin Bacon game to you and your friends--just opened up its Connection Engine database so that you get to all degrees--screw the association part. This, in slightly changed circumstances, might also be called "stalking" based on occupation, location, or hobbies. Ah, the wonders of community-as-business model...

Printed Matters: Curators, artists, and dealers will hash out their differences at the panel discussion "Collectibility & the Digital Print" in Cooper Union's Great Hall at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Organized by the ASCII art collective, the talk brings together Whitney curator David Kiehl and Henry Wilhelm of Bill Gates's Bettmann Archive with left-brain types Waldo Tejada and Lynn Pocock.
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