Joi Ito's Web

Joi Ito's conversation with the living web.

I just received this email and downloaded the book. It's great.

email from Ryuichi Sakamoto
From: Ryuichi Sakamoto
Date: Tue Feb 18, 2003 6:37:49 AM Japan
To: Joichi Ito
Subject: Dear Friends

Dear friends,

recently one of my friends went to Iraq to meet the people and see their lives.
Soon after he came back he published the book "On a small bridge in Iraq"
which just came out in Japan.
Please see the pictures of the Iraqi people and their lives.
Those are beautiful pictures.
Can we bomb them, the people just like us?

Please go to
and download the English version of the pdf file.

Ryuichi Sakamoto

In other news, Six Apart, LLC acquired a fax machine Saturday.... [Six Log]


I just finished the day pounding away at my emergent democracy paper. I am very tired. Today was the deadline. It's 1000 words short and I'm so tired, I think the conclusion is quite weak. I'm going to beg them to give me another day... It's about 5000 words now. If anyone has the interest and the time to take a look, I would greatly appreciate comments. Since I still have 1000 words to write, I can elaborate on any of the points really.

My thesis is basically that weblogs will allow the net to exhibit emergent behavior and properly used, this will allow us to create a new form of global democracy. I think the community of toolmakers is the key to getting this done.

Here it is in html.

Clay and Ross, can I use the images from your papers?

Google, which runs the Web's premier search site, has purchased Pyra Labs, a San Francisco company that created some of the earliest technology for writing weblogs, the increasingly popular personal and opinion journals. [...] How Google manages the Blogger software and Pyra's hosting service may present some tricky issues. The search side of Google indexes weblogs from all of the major blogging platforms, including Movable Type and Userland Radio. Any hint of proprietary favoritism would meet harsh criticism.
This is going to be tricky. Is this good news for people using other blogging software or bad news?

I wonder if the discussion at Supernova had anything to do with increasing Google's interest in blogs.