Digital space is actual space, the space in which we live. A space is a set of relationships between objects; in our contemporary society, space is a hybridization of connected and non-connected objects that are structured by writing. Marcello Vitali-Rosati, On Editorialization: Structuring Space and Authority in the Digital Age Just yesterday I finishedContinue Weaving
The Interconnectedness within
Intertextuality is a term coined in 1966 referring to texts being shaped and influenced by other texts. The way I see it, this concept reaches as far as our digital state of existence today.
Everything is connected. Every text, every thread in a conversation (be it direct or indirect, through references) starts and ends in and with another text or thread. We are never-ending stories reaching out to find possible continuations.
I find the analogy between humans and texts very useful as a means for understanding our networked life. And by using the concept of text I refer to any symbolic representation of shared meaning.
For so long texts have been our main source and at the same time tool for passing on meaning and insights through time and space. Today this vehicle of traditions is being entirely logged, archived and digitized, creating a huge corpus of texts that are available to search through, enjoy, compare and most importantly enrich with new meanings and relationships.
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Consider this. I am the sum of my readings, my immediate surroundings and my experiences. I am also what I write and read on the Web. I constantly transverse analog and digital realms, textual and non-textual fabrics. Such dynamics helps me enrich my life and the Web with an expanded field of relationships where newlyContinue Weaving
In his “Lecture on Ethics”, Wittgenstein writes that the good way can only be conceived within the context of its goal. The direction Wittgenstein gives is solid – good is what works, what serves a certain purpose. Leveraging this Wittgenstein’s proposition, I argue that the good text on the Web is the connected text. AndContinue Weaving
Thinking about how digital texts fit into the bigger picture of us building richly interconnected informational spaces to embed knowledge in them, I ended up before a knowledge soup. Knowledge Representation and a Soup It is in The Challenge of Knowledge Soup where computer scientist John F. Sowa writes about knowledge and how difficult itContinue Weaving