[education is a weekly (or once in awhile) post about one or two worthwhile links. sites you should visit, see, hear, just generally experience and appreciate and learn from. I'll write a brief "WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?" along with each one. think about it. analyze it. do you like it? do you not? I want to educate you; as in the latin verb educo, to lead forth, as in I'm leading you away from my site. Hahaha.]
mfisn.com is one of the few good sites left that defies all of the bullshit web 2.0 nonsense that has appeared over the last few years. Phrases like social network and user democracy and such are firmly rejected. mfisn (or, MotherFucker I Said No) is pretty goddamn simple: it's a link-pasting community. Anyone can post a link that they find worth posting. The public and first-level posters need to have their links approved by moderators before they show up, but second-level and higher posters can just paste and it's on the list. The beauty of mfisn, and what we can learn the most from it, is its simplicity.
mfisn is just a list of links, and how wonderful is that? I don't give a shit about how many other people have pasted this link, or who it's from, or what goddamn tags are associated with it. (Yeah I'm looking at you, fucking delicious.) I don't need links to be submitted by anyone and then be "voted up" because then it'll all turn into penises or Ron Paul tribute pages. (I'm looking at you, fucking digg.) There are a million stupid ways to complicate something so simple. (Part of the reason I'm writing this is because I'm redesigning mfisn right now, and I don't want to fuck it up.)
Perhaps my favorite part and the first thing people complain about is that it's a gated community. And I mean, actually a gated community, as to who can post immediately. Sites like ffffound entice viewers because it's a self-proclaimed "closed community" of "artists and designers and cool hipster people" but really you can find an invite pretty easily if you want to (hell, I found one the day after I heard about the site, a couple days after it started (it was linked to on mfisn, haha)). On mfisn, you have to wait a year or two before the owner (siik) decides to say "hey who wants in?" and maybe lets a couple people in. Even then, if your posts suck, you'll get kicked off.
What sucks about "web 2.0" is something I'll reiterate often: everyone's voice can be heard too easily, and that's a bad thing. More sites need to restrict access, and I mean actually restrict access and kick people off who suck. Not every asshole/fucktard on the internet should have an account. Sure, it might seem great that you have 1000+ people posting on your site, but not if it's all shit. (Exception: 4chan. I'll write about that later.) What sucks about ffffound is that everyone who can post there thinks they're cool (you're not) and everyone who reads it wants to get in (you shouldn't bother). Everyone thinks they have something to contribute. You don't, and that's okay. I have an account on ffffound and I've posted maybe six or seven things, mostly because I just don't care, and partially because I don't want it lost in the shuffle of everything else. The internet is a pretty damn big place, but the last thing we need is another aggregator of aggregators.
mfisn is great because community = quality. Sites like digg and delicious don't have communities. Community is a very early-internet idea, and it's unfortunate that community is being lost in the shuffle of bullshit innovation. Academia still thinks they can find "community" in places like facebook, but they fail to realize that those communities are simply an augmentation of existing ones. The far more interesting community, and the scarier ones to academics, are the ones formed from nothingness on the internet. Gaming or MMO communities, for example, which form over years centered around a common focus that does not even really exist in reality. Or in this case, a link-pasting community. What's important about mfisn is that there really isn't any discernible community; even the forum is mostly inactive. It's all in the links and the style they form.
So click the links, and enjoy.