The title of this blog is not casual as it could seem at first glance, it is connected to a concept, the one of commenting, which is a shared heritage of many subjects, starting with software code (which include a specific syntax for delimiting comments), ending with blogs.
Blogs have been successfully used as a companion for marketing sites, despite the fact that the purpose they were build was to supply to problems related to other forms of networked communication, especially mailing lists, which were overcrowded by informations and became impossible to moderate. Blogs are easy to use and cheap in terms of how much you have to deepen you discussion and how many answer you get. That’s why they have a great diffusion, which completely changed the meaning they were build to have. Blogging have become videolog, fotolog, in summary a sort of report about an argument, or many. The possibility to add content in a short time, about different topics, overlapped the discussion side in this networked text form. This is the reason why blogging became so useful for journalistic purposes, as journalism doesn’t need to be dialogic,
This blog aims to be focused on software code, especially programming languages, formal languages, and markup languages. This doesn’t mean that it will cover the whole subject or that it will be an artistic, and in this sense theoretic, insight as the blog of Mez could be. Her blog is more original, in the form, and in the presumed content. This blog is not as original as hers, but it uses a software made by others (like a discourse whose structure is copied from the one of someone else), and it doesn’t even have its own domain. What it does is beeing included in a social network, such as Facebook or Twitter.
It is different from them for many reasons, the first one is that it is not only based on the connections the blog has, as in the case of Facebook, but it focuses on the content of the blog to create those connections. The second and most important reason is that this social network is made for designers and web developers, that is to say: due to the license wordpress is published with, users can manage, change and develop the content management system they are actually using. It represents a sort of instance of the language itself, which can be defined again by the people who uses it starting from a given, shared background.
But commenting could be something in a more abstract manner. What is not mentioned here is the possibility, for any language to speak about it’s own structure, which is called metalinguistic capability of the language. This means that every kind of language, is it literary or formal/mathematical, has the ability to describe itself, if you except the fact that each one of them can “comment” itself in a specific and extremely specialized manner. This sort of comment is the one which should be present in this blog.
As long as it is the general point of view, the post will probably be much more simple, and only from far will they mirror this purpose. The final challenge will be to make something out this abstract levels of languages, something useful, if not for a specific purpose, at least for the community (this great opensource ghost).