About This Site

This site brings together a collection of my writings, radio interviews, photo essays, and more. It's the latest incarnation of a site that dates back to 1995.

I was one of the early arrivals on the Net, and it's reflected in a lot of the pages on this site. Some of them look dated and many have a distinctive Web 1.0 appearance. In 1993, I began posting papers and reports on a public FTP server, and later on a "gopher" site, as a way of sharing my work with peers and kindred spirits.

2010 - 2005
2005-2010 - 2010
2000 - 2005 2010
1995 - 2000

In those early days, the Internet consisted mostly of dot-org's and dot-edu's — people in the organizational and academic worlds. Most of us were academics, writers, independent media producers, computer professionals, community organizers, government employees, etc.

We saw the Net as a promising new tool for information sharing, public discourse and community building. In retrospect, few of us realized just how profoundly it would change our lives.

When the Web began to take off in the mid-1990s, I put up my first bona fide site. It was bare-bones by today's standards but contained a lot of articles, essays and interviews.

In addition to my writings, I posted program listings from my weekly radio productions and, later, streaming audio files. I was happy to get four or five hundred visitors a week.

The site was overhauled and moved to its current domain in 2000. It got subsequent facelifts in 2005 and 2010, though some of the original material from the 90s was left intact. People have suggested that I weed out some of the old stuff, and I agree with them, but who has the time?

If the site looks and feels homemade, that's because it is (with the exception of the blog section, which is powered by WordPress). I created the site on Adobe GoLive and Dreamweaver and other programs.

In recent years, the site has averaged over 100,000 unique visitors and about 1 million page-views per month. Much of the traffic can be attributed to incoming links from countless sites on the Web. Wikipedia, for example, references my work in many of its articles.

As you can see, there's still no advertising on the site. No banner ads, no paid links, no Google Adsense, no buttons requesting donations. People tell me I could make some income from the site by "monetizing" it. But I've tried to avoid going that route. I realize that makes me old-fashioned.

I'd love to hear from you. I'm especially grateful for constructive feedback — what works, what doesn't, dead links, etc. Your comments are always appreciated.

— Scott