July 04, 2006

The power of Warwick Blogs 2

Writing about Google results from Blogbuilder news

Yesterday at 5pm I received an intriguing phone call thanks to Warwick Blogs. Yet another example of the benefits of expressing ideas in a system that attracts such a high Google ranking to one's posts.

He was, I immediately understood, a researcher from a television production company. They are in the early stages of developing a documentary about birdsong. It seems that they are interested in questions concerning the role of birdsong in art and music. The very interesting David Rothenberg provides the starting point, but the researchers are discovering many connections, including Paul Klee's twittering machine, Deleuze and Guattari's Of The Refrain, Olivier Messiaen, and of course that magnificent song cycle Aerial by Kate Bush.

So, TV researcher, what then is your method? Try these Google searches and instantly see the power of Warwick Blogs:

The interview was fascinating. He asked about birdsong and philosophy. I talked about Of The Refrain and the role of sound, rhythm and birdsong in D&G's philosophy. He asked the big question: do birds sometimes sing just for pleasure (yes was my answer, but justified by an argument concerning the limits of biological functionalism and the drivers behind evolution). I talked about nocturnal birdsong as a penetrating a–visual deterritorialized refrain, and how the refrain works as a minimal and portable germ of territory carried across night and day (and how that idea drives Aerial).

All of these ideas I have developed in my blog. Some of these ideas may soon in some small way help to shape a television documentary that promises to be fascinating. All because I use Warwick Blogs.

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  1. Mathew Mannion

    From another point of view, it's also a blinding example of how contextual navigation is rated so highly by Google. All of the top results for those searches were tag pages, where the context of the page implies that all the content on it is relevant to the subject matter, and Google has picked this up with ease and directed the searcher to the page where they are most likely to find what they want. So a victory for tags, basically.

    04 Jul 2006, 09:33

  2. Robert O'Toole

    Google is of course slightly smart about context. For any given Warwick Blogs entry, it knows that it is embedded in an academic web site on an academic domain (*.warwick.ac.uk). It knows that there are many links to the entry from other entries in such a domain. So any thematic navigation structure, like tags, is already within that context.

    04 Jul 2006, 11:24

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