About

I started Breaching the Web in 1999, which was something like the Neolithic Era of blogging. I started it on a lark, not really knowing if I would stick with it. This has always been an eclectic weblog, sometimes political, sometimes personal, sometimes professional, depending on what was shaping my need for self-expression at any given time.

The name of this weblog, Breaching the Web, is derived from a type of social experiment pioneered by Harold Garfinkle, in which the experimenter purposely breaks a social norm in public (by, for example, attempting to negotiate the fare when getting on a bus) and then observes the responses — the intensity of the reaction to the breach indicates something about the importance of the norm in maintaining the orderliness of everyday life.