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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




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From: Roger Harnden <[log in to unmask]>
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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?"
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>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.
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>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.
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>Frank
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>On 26 Feb 2010, at 10:13, Joseph Truss wrote:
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>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:
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>>	* 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?
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>>http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Future-of-the-Internet-IV.aspx
>>There is a downloadable pdf of the full report on the site.
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>>Joe
>> Joseph Truss
>>Team Syntegrity International AG/ Metaphorum / Abbey North Drummers
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