Before I knew what a blog was, when reading websites meant visiting web pages and refreshing them endlessly, I knew kottke.org was a very special thing. In the 10 years since he started, Jason has had an enormous influence on the web, keeping the level of discourse to a certain standard, filtering the web and in so doing, helping so many of us feel a little smarter and a little more optimistic about the culture that beats on us so relentlessly. You might say that many of us using tumblelog platforms like tumblr are influenced by his work without even knowing it.
In celebration of his big milestone, I’m linking to a series of 18 short video clips from Jason’s recent interview over at Big Think. It’s fun to see the man communicating ideas normally available only through is daily text and links, framed by the music of faux-Paul Simon/Ladysmith Black Mambazo sans vocals.
This one, on the Internet’s potential for introducing new personal relationships that can flourish offline, is my favorite.