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. A type of collaborative on-line software that allows readers to add content on a subject, which can also be edited by others. For example: Wikipedia.

The major difference between a blog and a wiki is that a blog is more directly under the control of the owner(s) and the primary objective of a blog is for the owner(s) to express themselves to their target audience. A wiki on the other hand is about collaboration (in a general sense) rather than expressing views.

Wiki definition included as many people have asked us to describe the difference between a blog and a wiki.


noun. See ‘Blog’.


noun. An article posted on a blog.

(coined by Tony Millard)

Whoring (for hits)

intr.verb. Posting things on a blog purely to generate an increase in visitors. The term is often intended humourously, but not always.


1. noun. One of a large number of blogs (qv) which sprung up after September 11th 2001 (mostly in or after November 2001). Most at least initially were created to provide anti-idiotarian (qv) commentary in the aftermath of Al Qaeda’s attack upon the United States. Warblogs are essentially a subset of pundit blogs (qv). Someone who runs a Warblog is a Warblogger.

2. noun. Any blog largely or primarily dedicated to coverage of terrorism, the war or terrorism, and conflict in the Middle East, regardless of when it was started.

3. noun. Any blog that take an editorial position generally in favor of military intervention by the United States in one or more Middle Eastern or Central Asian nations linked to terrorism.

(probably coined by Matt Welch)

Note: As of mid 2002, many ‘warblogs’ are now less exclusively focused on military affairs, terrorism and the related politics and some have quietly stopped describing themselves as ‘warblogs’.

Update June 2004: It would be fair to say the term ‘warblog’ is now of historical significance only. Although many of the former self-described ‘warblogs’ are still publishing, the terms is now largely unused.

Also see: Anti-idiotarian.