ambiguity -- it's not a bug, it's a feature 01.14.2007, 6:50 PM
posted by bob stein
the insititute is convened at a retreat on the jersey shore today and tomw. we've invited seven of our closest co-conspirators to discuss the future. the title of this post was the last thing that someone put up on the whiteboard. more later.
Posted by bob stein on January 14, 2007 6:50 PM
Gary Frost on January 14, 2007 7:50 PM:
The screen book can carve out a sector in the functionality of reading not already matured by the paper book. This promise is already advanced by the achievements in text navigation and presentation at the Institute. The challenge is not to lose focus out in the future of reading generally. The future of the book is a very narrow topic, but it is hopelessly diffused in discussions of the future of reading. Reading is ambiguously analog and digital, attentive and ambient.
I do like the allure of being ambivalent rather than being digital. The Institute could also be cool and promote both screen and paper.
Stephen Wilmarth on January 14, 2007 9:23 PM:
In conversation with David Weinberger at a Berkman Center-sponsored dinner this evening, Dave says, [Quote] Making something explicit is most often an act of violence. Something that's implicit is inevitably contextual. We do violence to it when we lose that richness. [Unquote] Dave is explaining why "social software" is important in preserving content and richness of true knowledge communication.
Ambiguity is "good" because the real world is full of paradox and uncertainty, and rarely well represented by simple "yes/no" choices. A knowledge model which is capable of recognizing this is clearly preferable to one supported by rationally-scientific, politically-correct mis-information, even though black-and-white choices seem to make for easier decision making.
bowerbird on January 14, 2007 11:30 PM:
ambiguity is "good" because the real world is full of
incompetent people who often have very fragile egos,
but a very strong motive for revenge...
Bob Martinengo on January 15, 2007 12:11 AM:
What's up for the Institute this year? Is Sophie going to come out and play at last? Is Next/Text on hiatus or just plain dead? Please enlighten us.