Brain Jazz

Life is a lot like jazz… it’s best when you improvise. —George Gershwin

One inspiration for Ninja Post was borne out of an interview that I conducted with Steve Silberman several years ago. Steve is a co-author of the book Skeleton Key: A Dictionary for Deadheads and he is a contributing editor at Wired magazine.

Steve noted that The WELL, one of the earliest online communities, was once described as a stage for “brain jazz”: a global improvised jam where knowledge is the medium of exchange instead of musical notes.

To bring the notion of brain jazz to life, every Ninja Post thread updates in real time. We combined the stability of a traditional message board with the dynamic nature of a chat room. This makes the forum experience more fun, interactive, and improvisational.

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