The Web and the Text are intricate networks of words, things, people and the relationships between them. By form, the text and the Web share a lot of common traits. More or less decentralized (no top-down hierarchies included), open to new elements and fostering the exchange of knowledge. By function, texts and the web are intriguingly similar too:Continue 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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Think about something unthinkable for a moment: the Web, through which you probably reached and read this, is a space without a topos where the only signifying system (for now) is language. No physical space, no other signals, e.g. tactile or olfactory, to create meaning. Only labels and connections used to create places. (cf. “How toContinue Weaving
I am a text – the ordinary text to be read and written by everyone aspiring to fly beyond time and space and communicate their thoughts to someone else. Some like to think of me as a phenomenon of culture, some as a combination of signs and meanings. Others see only the part of meContinue Weaving
Good texts, just like good conversations, are the ones that change you. You are transformed after having read them: you either know something more, learned something new, or have decided what to do next, how to solve a problem. I use good here for something very basic, that is “able to serve its purpose”. In theContinue Weaving