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The World Wide Web undoubtedly has a lot to offer everyone as a public space or platform, however it should not be mistaken to be an ideal one. As an example, semicolon attempted to ‘move in’ through the Wikipedia site in late 2007. Wiki platforms are understood to be open and collaborative, however semicolon was unjustifiably shut down, labelled as “Patent Nonsense” by a faceless administrator’. (For other problems with Wikipedia see:Guardian article on Wikipedia Mohammed images .) This particular Wikipedia ship sank, but the same voyage was soon resumed through the wikidot.com platform. Although this too inevitably has its shortfalls, it serves well and is relatively easy to navigate with a bit of practice.

Essentially, the internet is made up entirely of references, or symbols that always point elsewhere or reference something else. In much the same way that language, letters and words on a page only act as provisional to spoken word, and beyond that real objects etc. Aware that this is the case, semicolon acts as ‘punctuation’, constituting itself by movement and gesture amongst words and letters. With the example of social networking sites, we see people supplementing their lived lives with these internet provisions, online profiles, groups, and calendars that most often refer to actual people and real events. However, it is possible that this has developed to the extent that people see in these supplements a new aspect of their person, a relatively dangerous view if in fact the internet is only a provisional reference point; internet life has shaky foundations if any. To avoid this, semicolon seeks only to punctuate, not to make anything of itself other than a movement.

Creating a new word with the false hope of manufacturing (the illusion of) fixed meaning can be compared to the aspirations towards property ownership. Semicolon instead necessarily functions using the freely available ‘Wikidot’ hosting site, moving in; renting its home or squatting on the Internet.

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