I Love Music is, inevitably, the Freaky Trigger discussion forum. It uses a Q & A format – somebody (could be me, could be you) puts up a question (“Where the hell is Tanya?” for example), and everybody else posts their answers, which in turn might spark new questions, etc. etc. I’ve put up two questions to kick things off.
It’s going to cover anything we talk about here and on the rest of the site – specifically, whenever we run a long piece, I’ll start a forum topic about it (whether anyone answers or not). Anyway, I Love Music is there for you to use and I hope you use it and like it.” —
What you see above was originally posted ten years ago and today Tom Ewing rightly remembers what kicked it off and puts ILX as a whole into perspective. It is and remains a near-unique creation, really, a bridge between 90s net culture and the past decade’s that like so many things was the result of happenstance which took on a logic of its own and continues to maintain it. Tom’s formal paper on his experience founding and running the site is worth a read, and this slightly outdated history provides more context. Suffice to say there have been numerous memories and reflections cropping up today; I might do something similarly via my main blog. But if not — ten years down, ten more to go! And for all the ‘where did the time go’ sentiments I gotta say that while it’s no fountain of youth, something about the place helps keep me feel young. Why not, indeed?
(On a totally separate subject, though, the reblog quote function on here is a little weird to my mind. Another reason why Tumblr feels more like a transitional step rather than a great leap forward!)
(— Ned R. via tomewing)