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Joe,

Mine was a more basic point.

It appears to demand one to read every short snippet/point of view in  
the assumption that the reader might thereby be able to reach an  
informed opinion on the topic. It seems o me that ll it does is to  
INCREASE variety and confuse meaning, when the whole point of all we  
try to do - surely - is to DECREASE variety and enable more effective  
meaning to emerge for the taking of better decisions.


But, Joe, maybe I'm missing something obvious in navigating the  
report....am I???


Roger
On 1 Mar 2010, at 09:10, Joseph Truss wrote:

> Roger,
>
> I think I get your point.  I don't think the report is meant to be  
> an example of good use of the Web but content about the future of  
> the Web which is presented in usual report form, ie linear textual.  
> I agree with you that it is poor use of the medium it reports on  
> especially in light of some of the examples we've recently seen as  
> to how effective the medium can be in displaying/navigating complex  
> information naturally and elegantly.
>
> Reminds me of the joke about the two townsfolk who are standing in  
> front of the holding cage wherein hangs the body of the apprehended  
> highwayman - says one to the other: "he was a damn fine highwayman  
> but he had a stupid horse!"
>
> I guess too much grist for the mill.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Joe
>
> Joseph Truss
> Team Syntegrity International AG/ Metaphorum / Abbey North Drummers
>
>
> From: Roger Harnden <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Sat, February 27, 2010 11:53:12 AM
> Subject: Re: Future of the Internet Report
>
> Joe,
>
> Just looked a the report.
>
> I must be missing something.......given the Web, is the reader meant  
> to have to browse ll the summary responses in order to get a sense  
> of what is going on?? Isn't that a nonsense??  The proliferation of  
> variety is enormous, and the whole point of the Web (if there is one  
> is to manage such variety.
>
> Perhaps I missed something.....or is the report just dumb?
>
>
> Roger
>
>
>
> On 26 Feb 2010, at 18:50, Frank Wood wrote:
>
>> Just had a quick look at the first item "Will Google Make Us Stupid?"
>>
>> We are all stakeholders in the internet in one way or another. What  
>> fascinated me when I read the above is that NOT ONE SINGLE  
>> RESPONDENT was from the "ordinary man in the street". The  
>> respondents were either academics, business leaders, writers, other  
>> luminaries. Very strange and thus I'm not really curious about  
>> reading any more if ithis "report" is going to be along such  
>> elitist lines.
>>
>> Maybe someone who has bothered to read all the reports would be  
>> kind enough to point out where there is evidence of ordinary people  
>> being part of the respondents.
>>
>> Frank
>>
>> On 26 Feb 2010, at 10:13, Joseph Truss wrote:
>>
>>> A survey of nearly 900 Internet stakeholders reveals fascinating  
>>> new perspectives on the way the Internet is affecting human  
>>> intelligence and the ways that information is being shared and  
>>> rendered.
>>>
>>> The web-based survey gathered opinions from prominent scientists,  
>>> business leaders, consultants, writers and technology developers.  
>>> It is the fourth in aseries of Internet expert studies conducted  
>>> by the Imagining the Internet Center at Elon University and the  
>>> Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. In this  
>>> report, we cover experts' thoughts on the following issues:
>>>
>>>
>>> Will Google make us stupid?
>>> Will the internet enhance or detract from reading, writing, and  
>>> rendering of knowledge?
>>> Is the next wave of innovation in technology, gadgets, and  
>>> applications pretty clear now, or will the most interesting  
>>> developments between now and 2020 come “out of the blue”?
>>> Will the end-to-end principle of the internet still prevail in 10  
>>> years, or will there be more control of access to information?
>>> Will it be possible to be anonymous online or not by the end of  
>>> the decade?
>>>
>>> http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Future-of-the-Internet-IV.aspx
>>> There is a downloadable pdf of the full report on the site.
>>>
>>> Joe
>>>
>>> Joseph Truss
>>> Team Syntegrity International AG/ Metaphorum / Abbey North Drummers
>>>
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