The idiots laughing beside you

I was having a lot of trouble getting what Steve Gillmor meant by “gestures,” which he says are what comes after “attention.”

That was until he got to this line: “Why do we like comedies at the movie houseā€“to enjoy the laughter of the idiots next to us.”

What the heck is he talking about?

Yet another form of metadata about things that we can use to build new systems like a future TechMeme.

Gillmor is the guy behind NewsGang and gestures are how things get onto its “Active” page.

I still don’t quite understand Gillmor. Do you?