Syntax Magazine, Robin Rendle, Mindy Seu and Adina Glickstein
I made a map of the Internet. It is incomplete. You won’t find links to social media sites, big corporations or advertisement renderings. In fact, most of the Internet is missing from the map. Hence, it is more accurate to describe the map as My Internet or the Naive Internet Universe.
The map started as a simple list of ideas I wanted to remember: Soft tech, feral web, poetic web, cozy web, tiny internet, handmade web, indie web… But the list grew longer, and slowly, my Notes app no longer felt appropriate. Inspired by Tom Critchlow’s Interactive Blog Map, I started to plot the ideas into Figma and asked Elliot Cost to give form to the emerging map.
Elliott did more than give it form, he made it a home: https://diagram.website.
If you notice links missing, you can submit them via the website. Or even better, you can make your own map of the Internet. I believe mapping is one of the best practices for discovering and developing taste. It forces you to pay attention. And the closer you look, the more you reveal. There is no finite map. It is a never-ending process. And poetry is growing through the cracks.
Welcome to Syntax, a new online magazine using the grammar of the internet: »But no one writes how we read. In chat rooms, comment sections, forums, personal blogs. The video essay, the playlist, Tumblr collage—these forms are as familiar to us as the novel, film, and album.«
»I am a poem I am not software,” writes Robin Rendle as an encouragement to let your personal website be quirky, broken and strange.
A safe prediction for this year is that the web we care for will receive mainstream attention. Alone in December, the poetic web appeared in Rolling Stone and MIT Technology Review. My favourite was Vanity Fair’s profile of Mindy Seu and the Cyberfeminism Index. The article reads both as a fan letter and a soft manifesto for archiving as a way to live with intention.
Goodbye to Adina Glickstein’s User Error column in Spike. Her final post, Exit the Matrix, is as perfect as the previous thirteen.