ArtLung: Joe Crawford's personal website. 2024.

Tentative RSVP to a Tentative IndieWeb Event

I like the idea of this Zoom meeting Bonus Online Homebrew Website Club – Social Norms in the IndieWeb, it’s currently tentative, but is intentionally about the culture of the IndieWeb, and was created by Sara Jakša:

Lets have a meeting connecting to the social norms on the internet. Bring any topic connected to the social norms in the internet there. If you want to interact with other people on the internet or make connections, then this meetup is for you.

Some possible topics to discuss could be the good norms from other places, the deceptive patterns to avoid, what you would need to be more social in the IndieWeb context, social, personal or technical barriers to that, how social does one want to be, how does one decide how much, when and how to be social on the internet, personal protocols for that and so on.

Please bring up any other topics of under the umbrella of social norms in the IndieWeb as well. I know there were multiple great blog posts discussing this topic already 🙂 . Or you can come to just listen and vibe with other people as well.

Broadly I’ve been fascinated by internet culture since reading about The WELL in either Scientific American, or The Atlantic or Mother Jones in the early 1990s. I definitely read The Virtual Community by Howard Rheingold when it came out in 1993. I had been on BBSes but no place where I had “presence.” I read about The WELL and also Usenet and I looked forward to the day when I’d participate, which would be a few more years.

It was around that time, after reading about the aliases people would choose online, that I decided my username when I joined a more permanent online home I would choose ARTLUNG, which I was confident nobody else would want. I got that right.

Also, The Virtual Community is on the web on

Go ahead and read some of Chapter 10: Disinformocracy and the last 30 years seems expected:

Virtual communities could help citizens revitalize democracy, or they could be luring us into an attractively packaged substitute for democratic discourse.


Anyway, where was I? Oh, I was tentatively RSVP-ing to the tentative event Bonus Online Homebrew Website Club – Social Norms in the IndieWeb on May 18, 2024.

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