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About This Site

Derivative Works is a weblog about content on the internet.

Content? What do you mean?

Published things. Everything on

Flickr , pushed through

, appropriated from

. Our instant message

. The stuff we post on Ebay. Everything on craigslist. The stuff that starts offline and wends its way online. Everything.

Isn't that a little broad?

Yes, and that's the point. I think that the millions of people who publish content on the internet are really just artists. And the amazing emerging tools that are being launched to serve them are art implements. And that there are precious few people calling this out.

There are lots of sites that do a great job of informing us about the business of technology, sites that meme us on the new applications and widgets, and sites that show us how to use the stuff.

There's also a robust press centered on the art world covering art created by artists. What I'm interested in is documenting what's happening with the rest of us, the ones just making stuff without naming it or naming it inadaquently. Blogs are really collage, and when we quote other blogs and newspaper clippings and mix them with our thoughts we're creating new art. When we collect images and mix them together with images from people all over the world, we're making art. Wireless communities are salons. et cetera.

Me, too.

This site is also personal. I want to name this stuff, and document it, in part so that I can make sense of what I've been doing for the past four years with my own art. Here's more.


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Daniel X. O'Neil: Chicago-based writer and internet developer. I am a co-founder of and the People Person for EveryBlock, a site that pulls together local news and public information. I run dozens of personal projects and websites for clients, and also own half of a poetry book company.


EveryBlock: A news feed for your block.
CTA Tweet: Unofficial Twitter tracker for the Chicago Transit Authority.
CityPayments: Database of all vendors, contracts, and payments that have been posted by the municipal government of the City of Chicago
Wesley Willis Art: Site dedicated to the fact that Wesley Willis was an artist.
Wide Right Turn: An incomplete look at the role of variation in a capitalist society.


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