We are developing the social individualist meta-context for the future. From the very serious to the extremely frivolous... lets see what is on the mind of the Samizdata people.

Samizdata, derived from Samizdat /n. - a system of clandestine publication of banned literature in the USSR [Russ.,= self-publishing house]


noun. See ‘Barking Moonbat’.


acronym. Mainstream media


noun. The conventional media collectively (as opposed to the blogosphere) . See Old Media.


noun. A blog maintained via mobile hardware, typically a mobile phone (‘cell phone’) with a built-in digital camera. Moblogs are usually ‘photo journals’ rather than text intensive (though this varies).

Whilst moblogs are general run from a phone, it can also be run from a laptop, palmtop or web enabled PDA as the defining element of a moblog is it is used to ‘blog away from the desk’.


verb. Similar to fisking in that it is a refutation of another’s views, but misting is less aggressive and is usually humorous. ‘Mistings’ usually take the form of an imaginary exchange of views.

‘Misting’ is really MiSTing – from the show MST3K, Mystery Science Theater 3000, which was a show on The Comedy Channel about characters who were captured by malicious aliens and forced to watch terrible old sci-fi movies. They responded by commenting (rather hilariously) about the movies.

The term has rather different connotations amongst German speaking bloggers.


noun. Derived from anarchist. An advocate of minimal government, often described as the night watchman state, in which the state exist legitimately only to enable appropriate law and order and to deal with collective territorial defense.

Such as state can exist to reinforce the liberty of individuals but not to ‘do things’ and is therefore a largely ‘apolitical polity’ guarding the boundaries of civil society.

Some minarchists view this as a transitional state leading inevitably to completely stateless anarcho-capitalism, whilst others see minarchy as a stable end point.

Whilst this is not a blog specific term, it is often used on ‘pundit blogs’, many of which are libertarian, hence its inclusion here.

Meme war

noun. Using googlebombs (qv), comment spam (qv), hostile trackbacks and other technical means to propagate memes.

Meme hack

noun. Intentionally altering a concept or phrase, or using it in a different context, so as to subvert the meaning. Also: memehack

Usage: for example the use of ‘socialist’ imagery to in fact advocate capitalism:


noun. A meme is considered to be a discrete idea that replicates itself, with the connotation that memes replicate themselves and are propagated by people through social and technological networks, much like both real and computer viruses.

(Coined by Richard Dawkins)

Usage: “The sarcastic meme of ‘Our friends, the Saudis’ continues to spread across the Intenet”

Note: Although not strictly speaking a ‘blog specific’ term, meme is very widely used in the Blogosphere (qv).

Also see: Meme hack, Meme war


verb. To write blog articles about blogging. Also: metablogging.

Movable Type

proprietary. A popular blog publishing software package. www.movabletype.org


1. noun. A blog (meaning 1).

2. noun. A single contributor weblog.

Note: The term Me-zine is already fading from use, being rapidly replaced by ‘blog’.

(Possibly coined by Dori)