"Suppose we were able to share meanings freely without a compulsive
urge to impose our view or conform to those of others and without
distortion and self-deception. Would this not constitute a real
revolution in culture."
Richard MacManus has summarizedChris Lydon's interview with Sir Tim,
in which he explains the (sensible, in my opinion) idea of the fractal
Web. In the fractal Web, different parts of our output are targeted to
groups at different scales, ranging from the individual to humanity as
a whole. Reminded me of the ecosystem of networks
and got me thinking about how discourse often has to become less
idiosyncratic when it is intended to reach a large audience, because
less common ground / shared language can be assumed.
In their original form, audio interviews like this take a long time to absorb, so double thanks to Richard for writing this up.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
last week, Doors frontman Jim Morrison mixed drugs, alcohol and asthma
to ascend to the big Whisky A Go-Go in the sky. Here in the virtual
world, though, Modern Humorist has reanimated him in the form of lines
and lines of programming code.
The Onward! conference at OOPSLA 2004 in Vancouver "welcomes papers describing new paradigms or metaphors
in computing, new thinking about objects, new framings of computational
problems or systems, and new technologies."