“My only real interest in computing is as far as it helps us humans
and our cognitive landscapes. The two biggest challenges facing people, it seems, is the cartography of their own cognitive landscape, and effectively sharing/illuminating that landscape with others. I believe that this whole net thing can help […]
I suspect that making the online diary may have had an entirely different set of implications for you, the ‘artist.’ In trying to put myself in your position, I thought that making my journal public record would at first be scary, but would eventually lead to a sort of isometry between my inner self and outer self. I imagine the image of a cell from biology class, and the way fluids can flow in and out depending at rates dependent upon various regulatory mechanisms. In everday [sic] life, we’re all sort of like that cell, and we strictly regulate how much remains inside our cell wall, how much remains outside, and what flows between. But some cells are in a stasis point, where pressure is equalized within and without the cell wall such that fluids are in equal balance throughout. At that point, anything can pass into or out of the cell passively. I feel that the online journal may contribute to such a state, between you the individual and the outside world. Whether that state is good or not, I am honestly not sure.”
Aaron Weiss, in an email conversation with Carolyn L. Burke, April-May 1995
Carolyn L. Burke published one of the first online diaries beginning on 3 January 1995 and continuing, with interruptions, through 2002.