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Home The Feuilleton of MilSan and MikWag On the origins of eFeuilleton
On the origins of eFeuilleton

The Genesis of eFeuilleton

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In the end, Mila the Intern sent the letter, and the letter was sent, and Ted saw that the letter was good; and Ted separated the letter from the junk mail. Ted called the letter Journalism, and the junk mail he called The World's Untold Stories. And there was feuilletonic journalism and just plain old good jounalism. And Ted said "Let the plain old good journalism be gathered together into one place, and let the eFeuilleton appear. And it was so. And Ted saw that it was good. And then there was light and eFeuilleton was delivered out of the belly of the beast.  And Ted said, "Let eFeuilleton put forth my letter, yielding readers, and various subfamilies and subgenera, bearing fruit, each according to its kind, upon the earth." And it was so (well, not really). And eFeuilleton brought forth various subfamilies and subgenera bearing fruit according to their own kinds.

And Ted saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, a third day and a fourth and after the fourth yet a fifth, and the fourth did not occur until after the third, nor was the second or any other day skipped over or misordered. And on the sixth day, Ted said "I will grant Mila the Intern an interview," and it was so (well, not really). And rather than resting on the seventh day, Ted said "I will send Mila the Intern not an Adam, but a stipend." After that, Ted took a nap. And it was a good nap, with dreams of Barbarella. And it was very good.



MASSOLIT Classification Criteria for the Genuses 'Feuilletonae' and 'HyperFeuilletonae'

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MASSOLIT Classification Criteria for the Genuses Feuilletonae and HyperFeuilletonae


Genus Feuilletonae

The Feuilletonae comprise literary creatures in the Kingdom Literatura. They inhabit newspapers, where you can find them labelled as Feuilleton or Opinion.

Genetically, the Feuilletonae are chimeras -- mosaics of political commentary, cartoons and roman-feuilletons (serialized books) that change every day. The undisciplined Europeans took to referring to the component items as feuilletons causing untold confusion for those who can’t seem to believe that a lower case and an upper case F should make that much difference.

For classification purposes, it is necessary for a candidate Feuilletonae to be comprised of feuilletons (small f).  MASSOLIT'S operational definition of feuilleton: an article written by a writer (important classification distinction) as opposed to a journalist.  A writer is someone who also writes fiction or poetry and shows mastery of the full set of tools employed by creative writers.

The Feuilletonae were first observed in 1800 in the Parisian newspaper Journal des Debates.

The Feuilletonae, are remarkably varied in physiognomy and personality. The Feuilletonae were originally paper-based life forms, but have adapted to digitalization.


Known range: Moscow, St. Petersburg (1830-present); Vienna, Prague, Paris, Berlin, Beijing, and New York.

Genus HyperFeuilletonae

A HyperFeuilletonae is a multi-headed, electronic, literary-journalistic beast. Like any respectable monster, a HyperFeuilletonae has an instinctive need to be in your face.

The HyperFeuilletonae retain the essential characteristics of the Feuilletonae -- being mosaics of (small-f) feuilletons; however, unlike the Feuilletonae, they don’t hatch their eggs and push the fledglings from the nest—they amass them for reasons that are poorly understood by evolutionary biologists.

The most important characteristic of the HyperFeuilletonae is that they are hypertext, as envisioned by Vannevar Bush (1945) and Ted Nelson (1965).   The prefix hyper comes from the Greek prefix υπερ- and means "over" or "beyond," signifying the overcoming of the old linear constraints of written text.  [for additional help with classification, see detail from Vannevar Bush at end]