ANB on the Encyclopaedia Britannica Blog

Art News Blog will now have an article posted on the Encyclopaedia Britannica Blog from time to time. I even have my own profile page here. I have a little giggle to myself when I see my name on a list of real writers. Most of the others on the list seem to have books published and/or have “Ph.D” after their name. So I feel a tiny bit inferior as I didn’t even finish my arts degree and have never wanted to be a writer.

Encyclopaedia Britannica BlogI do like a challenge though, so if you see me starting to use words that you have never seen before, just know that it’s me trying to look more important. I’ll keep the dictionary close by and do twice as much fact checking before I click publish on each post now. I wonder if I should get an editor in or maybe even a ghost writer too. ;-)

Here’s some posts of interest on the Britannica Blog (not by me)..

Cybercrime on the Rise – Online theft is estimated to cost $1 trillion per year!
Art in the Eye of a Needle ($20 Million Worth) – The tiny sculpture of Willard Wigan.
Architecture: The Year in Review (2008) – A look back at some notable buildings.
Body Art, Wallpaper, & More – Emma Hack shows some of her body art.

About Dion

Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. Don’t! The use of big words to try to be impressive is gobbledygook. It’s also called officialese and management speak. It gets right up everybody’s nose. It’s a turnoff for the 50% of the UK population that has attained a reading age of 12 years, and it’s a major irritation for educated people. The only folk who appreciate it are local authority councillors, and they’re as thick as two short planks.

    When translated into plain language, it usually has nothing meaningful to say. It’s a way of disguising the empty mind or dishonest intentions of the user. If anything is worth writing, say it as simply as possible to reach the widest readership. It’s what you usually do. So why let yourself be browbeaten by the Encyclopaedia Britannica. It’s new blog is a sad attempt to regain the trade it’s lost to the Internet and Wikipedia. Today’s kids don’t know how to use an encyclopaedia. They google it (new verb = to search for information on the Internet).

  2. I’m glad you started to follow my advice and broaden your blog to cover more than Hirst and Emmin. I know it was hard for you to do being so addicted as you were to the instant highs (or was it lows)offered by the Brit Art junk but you finally kicked the habit. And so well done! Now you get to reap the rewards of having a healthy mind and out look upon the art world with Britanica taking you to her ample bosom.

    Now as we can expect many more readers of this outback wonder (who may be more sophisticated than the usual crouwd of sheep, excons and kangaroos than we normally write for) we’d all better try and make comments that actually make some sense. I for one will try much harder using longer wurds and tryin to spel um proper to. Congratulations on your sukses, and |Ll drink to yor future and hope you get a nimble prize for litrature or art or somat. must dish – got a council meetin to go to…

  3. Donald Frazell says:

    My usual wondrus typin skyls will keep this blog among the masses, Appalacian outback or Aussie. Son i will be able to add a yearbook to my 1952 Encylopedia Brit with Dions column in it,lets hear it for us analog blokes!

  4. Donald Frazell says:

    And dont use thsoe hifalutin words Dion, or you will sound like teh three stooges or at JJA blog on the Guardian i have to deal with constantly. Talk about needing to get our into the real world, and out ofd teh galleries and academic confines of the pseudo intellectual.

    Besides, here in LA the only big words we know are legal ones, as in suing each other, divorces and prenups. What a wonderful world!

  5. As I am not as surfeestercated as yur udder reeders who make right fine commontaters, I weel toast to yur future two.

  6. Well done to you, maybe you should start feeling just a little superior now, long words or short it’s the skill of captivation that counts.

  7. Way to go! They need to put more info up about you though.

  8. That’s great news for you and nice to see Encyclopaedia Britannica embracing the 20th..I mean 21st century. I loved the head to head comparison with wiki which showed wiki had much more breadth and almost the same level of accuracy

  9. Congrats on your listing in Britannica. It is recognition you do have something to say and your work (and following) show you have a good understanding about the world of art.

Speak Your Mind