While following some links of Bringing the Cathedral to the Bazaar I stumbled over this article from Clay Shirky. I can't believe it's from 3/98:
If it were April Fool's Day, the Net's only official holiday, and you wanted to design a 'Novelty Protocol' to slip by the Internet Engineering Task Force as a joke, it might look something like the Web:
In fact, had the Web been a strong and well-designed entity from its inception, it would have gone nowhere.
Ok, ok, I stop quoting. Read it. It's certainly worth a read for anyone involved in the SOAP vs. REST debate.