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]


verb. To ‘flame’ someone is to make a hostile intemperate remark, usually of a personal nature. Also see: Flame War

Usage: “Andrew has seriously flamed Brian over his views on abortion again”

Flame war

noun. A hostile exchange of views via the Internet characterised by highly intemperate language.

(This term is by no means exclusive to blogs and is found in wide use throughout the Internet)


noun. Francophone blogs.

Fact-check (your ass)

verb. To use Internet search engines to ascertain the veracity of dubious claims made in the press.

(coined by Ken Layne)

Usage: “We can fact-check your ass!”


verb. To deconstruct an article on a point by point basis in a highly critical manner. Derived from the name of journalist Robert Fisk, a frequent target of such critical articles in the blogosphere (qv).

Usage: “Orrin Judd did a severe fisking of an idiotic article in the New York Times today…”