disassociated (usually all lowercase, sometimes all uppercase) sates a 1997 high-school like fascination with web design, and, for better or worse, has been transmitting from the east coast of Australia ever since. On and off, and in different formats, but it all kicked off in 1997.
John. Jay. J. Whatever. I started out as a web designer in the late 1990s. I was a founding member of the Australian Infront, a community of design creatives. In 2001 I was described as one of the first Australian designers online in the June edition of the sadly defunct Desktop Magazine.
I also did a little magazine and newspaper writing. But I wanted to do my own thing. To write and curate. To self-publish. To wrap myself up in the inextricable whirl that is pop culture. I was in luck. By 2007 blogging’s star was rising. It might have been graffiti with punctuation to some, but neither I, nor countless other independent online publishers, saw it that way.
Some of my posts, and the links I featured, have been referenced by the likes of Wired, Gizmodo, MetaFilter, ZDNet, VSAUCE, Web Urbanist, Reddit, and Wikipedia. One or two also reached Digg’s front page back in the day.
Talk about pop culture
Pop culture surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the world together. It’s everything we see, hear, feel, taste, and smell. You name it, and it’s bound to be pop culture. Art, literature, photography, film, music, television, gaming, current affairs, trends, politics, fashion, science, and technology. Very likely food and coffee as well.
For someone who could never focus on one thing for very long, becoming a pop culture adherent seemed a logical choice. And there you have me, and my website, disassociated.
Colophon, subscribe, support
There are ways to support disassociated if you wish to. If you take out website hosting with Dreamhost (I’ve been with them since 2007), I get a little something. Likewise many of the Amazon affiliate links (usually for books) if you decide to buy through any of them. And if you really want to push the boat out, buy me a coffee is also enabled.