Welcome to QNUW.
QNUW is not an experiment. It is a social engineering program designed to give a cursory glance into the world of taste. QNUW will offer nearly-regular opinion pieces on topics ranging from popular media like films and video games to music and literary fiction, as well as a variety of other topics that pique each contributor’s passions and interests. The only theme of this blog is taste, though given the nature of taste, the only reasonable method of pursuing and exploring it is through the defined analysis of the topics at hand.
Some topics will be heavier than others. Most will be fairly mundane and trivial.
As should be expected of a blog this varied, it is important for visitors to be mindful of the categories; posts will at times appear frequently, sometimes on the same day. This blog is intended to be a publication set piece of a much larger project to be announced in the future. As such, the contributors on board will use it as a springboard for developing their platforms, inconsequential as they may yet be. Think of QNUW as the bulletin board posted outside of a public forum.
So how is this in any way a social engineering program, you ask? QNUW will change your life. Not distinctly at first; not even perceptibly in the beginning. But over time, QNUW will prove to be something of a cultural waveform brought on by the harmonies of our collective efforts, and this waveform will synchronize and ultimately come to demodulate your own cognitive tones when you least expect it—something like tinnitus brought on by a tendency toward loud music. But our tinnitus is constant and bitter, blacker than our coffee, and highly flammable; it pushes an agenda; it doesn’t sleep; it will remain when the sweep of culture has broadened its strokes toward entropy and saturated so deep into the landscape that melts and fades to nothing. Only then will QNUW be finished, vindicated, victorious, but dead, rotten, for QNUW embodies an unending process innate in the progress of civilization and culture. QNUW pushes toward the infinite line, subsuming all topics toward an indistinguishable point before unfolding again as consciousness does; it is the shadow on a screen contrasted by the light of reason pouring through an unseen structure.
But I digress; all of QNUW is divided into three parts, one of which reviews exist, analyses another, and those which in their own method are considered opinion, in ours criticism. Each differ from each other in length, opinion, and methodology. Often, the lines may seem blurry, sketchy, vague at best. But these categories establish the foundational groundwork from which the wellspring of QNUW will erupt.
Reviews will focus primarily upon a single work, offer up a brief overview, and judge it according to its merits. Reviews are primarily for those readers who are not yet familiar with the work in question, and they will come with the contributor’s recommendations of similar works in the field as well as some of his brief opinions as to the effectiveness of the work in general. Expect them to be relatively brief.
Analyses follow and are more invasive in their method; analyses expect the reader’s familiarity with the subject matter, and will typically draw cross-work comparisons and external research into the fold in order to better understand the works, people, or topics involved. These pieces will likely be the longest included in the project and as such will appear the least. Typically they will be held stickied on the first page for at least a week even while new content is uploaded.
Critique is the final catch-all category for most of the rest that QNUW offers. This includes personal commentary on the state of affairs at hand in the culture—limited primarily to the genre-cultures and whatever else that falls beneath the vague umbrella of pop culture for now. Event coverage, interviews, and general reflections will be grouped here, like personal columns. The same level of thoughtfulness, taste, and insight will be present in these columns as is expected across the board.
QNUW is QNUW. It is a mirror. It is QNUW. All that is, QNUW is.
QNUW is an open project. We welcome submissions and will always consider new contributors. Contact the editorial staff through the blog if you’re interested in becoming part of QNUW.