“With the increasing extension of the press…an increasing number of readers became writers – at first, occasional ones… And today there is hardly a gainfully employed European who could not, in principle, find an opportunity to publish somewhere or other comments on his work, grievances, documentary reports, or that sort of thing. Thus, the distinction between author and public is about to lose its basic character. The difference becomes merely functional; it may vary from case to case. At any moment the reader is ready to turn into a writer. …Literary license is now founded on polytechnic rather than specialized training and thus becomes common property.” -Walter Benjamin, predicting blogs and blog commenting, in The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, 1936.
20 sublimely abandoned buildings including a Russian water park that, if you didn’t know what it was, you’d probably describe as “It looked like, um…a Russian water park or something.” [WebUrbanist]