The AO/Technorati founding foreskins fathers pioneers people who’ve done cool stuff

Even before the whole “founding fathers” crap, there’s way too much to go into about how friggin’ weird this whole idea is. “Top 100″ is just so lame – whatever happened to ending hierarchies and popularity contests and how folksonomy/tagging will break it all down and “celebrate the long tail” and yadda yadda yadda. Nope. We want the Top 100, baby!! Plus, the categories are lame, and nobody had any say in what they were (duh, shouldn’t we be able to tag them?)… blah blah blah. I could go on.

So I’m throwing out some of the categories like “most colorful feathers” and “most nauseatingly self-promoting” and just making some up. I like the Practitioners, though – we’ll keep that. Almost everyone really fits into this category, so it ended up being really heavy there. And I’m changing the “Top 100″ to “Here’s some rad folks doing things to reimaginate the concept of media and it would be worth your time to check out any of them.” And, just to be clear, I’m really only participating in this because I really really like lists. Especially incomplete ones.

And so begins my woefully incomplete list:

The Troublemakers/Undisciplinaries:

The Noticers

Practitioners:

  • Judith Meskill @ Weblogs, Inc, The Social Software Weblog
  • Emily Turrettini @ textually, picturephoning
  • RĂ©gine Debatty @ near near future
  • Amanda Congdon @ Rocketboom
  • Ryanne Hodson
  • Molly Holzschlag
  • Tristan Taormino @ Pucker Up
  • Heather Powazek @ The Mirror Project, JPG Magazine
  • Jenny Levine @ The Shifted Librarian
  • Caterina Fake @ Flickr
  • Melanie McBride @ Chandrasutra
  • Xeni Jardin @ Boing Boing, Wired
  • Mary Hodder @ Napsterization
  • Beverly Tang
  • Judie Hughes and Julie Strietelmeier @ The Gadgeteer
  • Susan Mernit
  • But She’s a Girl
  • Jennifer @ Scriptygoddess
  • Rebecca MacKinnon @ The Berkman Center

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