Monday, February 14, 2005

The Balance Bar

Are we becoming more interactive and immediate on the net or is this a hoax? I found today the "Balance Bar" downloadable software plug-in ("browser extension" according to the webpage) that purports to:

"..allow any user to editorialize any web page anywhere on the Internet. The "Balance Bar" will literally insert your comments/article/rant directly onto whatever web page you would like to expound on. The "Balance Bar" was developed because of the increasing need to "balance" the one-sided and isolated worldview that much of our media sources produce."

The work of Mark Daggett who bought us The Blurred Browser (2001), "Balance Bar" aims to prevent the web surfer from "insolating themselves inside their own particular opinion". If it does in fact work, and I have not downloaded it myself, I wonder why such a revolutionary (and clearly textually anarchic) tool has not received more attention. Try it yourself (let me know the results in a comment): "The Balance Bar"

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