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What are the formal and aesthetic characteristics
The principle of minimalism:
Guillory, p. 12:
"Lanham gives us a sentence of twelve
words ('Short-term planning is foremost
in the prioritization of the planning loop')
and shows how it can be reduced to five:
('Short-term planning comes first')"
Liu, "What's Cool?", p. 6:
"What’s really cool, after
all? At the moment of truth on the coolest
Web sites--when such sites are most seriously,
deeply cool--no information is forthcoming.
Cool is the aporia of information."
The graphic principle:
Guillory, p. 17:
"In the terms of the old rhetoric,
logic was displaced from inventio,
the 'finding' of arguments, to dispositio,
or arrangement. Arrangement--organization
itself--came to constitute the logic of
transmission for expository writing. . . .
the economic imperative forced graphic features
into ever greater visibility, a principle
that I wilsl call . . . formatting."
Attitude: The "Processed World"
Anthology. Eds. Chris Carlsson,
with Mark Leger. London, New York: Verso,
Brief History of the Mod Subculture."
Excerpt from M.A. thesis: Mods and
the Revival of the Subculture. New
York Univ., 1998. 1998. Retrieved online
15 March 2001. <http://www.mindspring.com/~eandic/what/history.htm>
Curt. Fresh Styles for Web Designers:
Eye Candy from the Underground.
Indianapolis: New Riders, 2002.
Lewis. Birth of The Cool: Beat,
Bebop, and the American Avant-Garde.
New York: Free Press, 2001.
and Janet Mancini Billson. Cool
Pose: The Dilemmas of Black Manhood
in America. New York: Lexington
Netscape Communications, Inc.
(Later part of AOL-TimeWarner, Inc.)
"What's Cool?" Netscape Home
Page. Netscape Communications, Inc.
7 March 1996. Retrieved 28 June 1997.
[this page now defunct].