LINKS SECTION: INTRODUCED & EXPLAINED
Discerning readers we want to encourage, for the off-line real world magazine, and this site. To paraphrase John Donne, no virtual user is an island, so too no site exists in isolation, even this one....While respecting their intentions & spirit, we are not Luddites, and do not believe at this juncture it is desirable--or feasible--to abolish (as opposed to sporadically disable) the internet. Indeed, there are some sites well worth looking at, that we would like to direct your attention towards. This we are happy to do....in our own inimitable way. A macho-click fest, whereby a veritable telephone directory style long list of site/blog links with little or no explanation of why we rate them interesting is not for us, at all. Such idiocy, abdicating intellectual & political responsibility, is almost as reprehensible in its own way as the profusion of fake 'friends' on Facebook. Indeed making, or boasting about, virtual 'friends' isn't within our remit.
Our approach is slightly different therefore, hopefully guided by the following principles:
1) Sites recommended are ones we think will interest visitors to our site, and not necessarily run by 'friends' of ours. If we do endorse the content/aims that will be stated--but is not a necessary criteria for inclusion. Articulate & important enemy sites can be learnt from--know thine enemy is for us not just an ancient Chinese precept but a living reality.
2) Every site we link to, as well as a brief summary of its nature, has a few words at least on why it is important, and what limits/defects--if any--we think the site possesses. Some sites will in the fullness of time have more detailed critiques, if they warrant such.
3) We want to encourage you to think, not think for you--hence, unlike Google rankings, sites are set out in alphabetical and then numerical order only. No prioritisation--to be featured here means a site is intrinsically important.
4) We will always listen carefully to requests to revise our opinions--but the final say remains with us. If you want 'hive mind' consensual blandness, visit Wikipedia, you're on the wrong site here!
5) We are open to constructive suggestions from people who want us to feature their sites--and will usually (not always!) be happy for reciprocal links to be put in place. But we certainly don't demand such in order for us to mention a site.
6) Quality is better than quantity--and added to the fact links are not our top current priority, don't expect this section to expand massively before the next issue of NFB (number 10). Just so you know.
Bearing all the above in mind, enjoy the links, and don't forget feedback/constructive suggestions (both for individual sites and new sections). Visit the Contact/Media page for details. As the number of links grow, we will summarise the purpose of each section here--there are too few to justify such a relatively grandiose endeavour at present. Remember, patience is a virtue, albeit a PI (pre-internet) one. If you're at a loose end, read a book (not an e-book mind, but one you can physically relate to)--now there's a thought...