Archive for June, 2005
Today I want to talk about categorization, and I want to convince you that a lot of what we think we know about categorization is wrong. In particular, I want to convince you that many of the ways we’re attempting to apply categorization to the electronic world are actually a bad fit, because we’ve adopted habits of mind that are left over from earlier strategies.
Opportunity abounds, faster than ever, to a greater panoply of users. A generation is coming that never knew life without PCs, cellular phones, TiVo and file access. A generation that can IM for hours, talk on cell phones and play interactive games with people all across the globe.
Dr. Gonzalez, noting the incredible utility of Wikipedia as an information resource in the hours and days after the December 26 tsunami, decided on June 1 to start making Wikipedia even more valuable in the case of an Avian flu breakout. He has added sections to the Wikipedia entry on Avian flu covering preparedness plans, strategies for slowing or stopping a pandemic, and (most interestingly) “Stages of a Pandemic,” a World Health Organization rating system for where the world stands, disease-wise.
At least three layers of material supports that, together, constitute the space of flows:
(1) Medium – the physical basis of virtual communication: the hardware and software, the technology that has to be deployed in order for the network to function at all.
(2) Physical Location: the geography of its “nodes and hubs …… the network links up specific places, with well-defined social, cultural, physical and functional characteristics.
(3) Eden-Olympia (J. G. Ballard’s novel): the rarefied, homogeneous space in which the global financial and political elite lives, works and travels.