By now, I’m sure some of you have discovered FEED, Stash’s blogging debut. With writing as sharp and witty as the copy in their DVD booklets, it’s a fun read with consistently strong work being showcased from a wide range of talent. FEED is a nice addition to the tiny (but growing) motion-related blogosphere, and I have placed its RSS feed at the top of my Netvibes page.
I’m particularly interested in the democratic way in which contributions are made to FEED. As it grows and becomes more popular, I’ll be curious to see how it changes and reflects the voice of its readers.
FEED fits nicely into a continuum of online publishing. At one end of the continuum, there are the websites of Boards Magazine and RES. These are mostly one-way communications, usually with an editorial staff that hand-picks and/or massages content before it hits the web. They are top-down, one-to-many arrangements.
At the other end of the continuum, you’ve got fiercely democratic places like xplsv.tv and the Mograph boards. These are many-to-many, bottom-up environments. Between those two extremes are sites like Motionographer and now, FEED. FEED is more on the many-to-many side, while Motionographer is closer to the one-to-many paradigm.
Please understand that I’m not making value judgments about this continuum. Each position on the continuum has its benefits and drawbacks. I’m simply saying that FEED has picked a great place to build a home on this imaginary street, and I look forward to hanging out with my new neighbors. We should all have a bad ass barbecue or something. Maybe someone will get drunk and fall into the pool. That’d be fun.