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Joho: Culture is an echo chamber

After a couple of years, I’ve actually published another issue of my old ‘zine. Why so long between issues? Basically, blogging ate my zine.

Here’s the table of contents. The main article is, unsurprisingly, the first one:

Culture is an echo chamber: We all hate echo chambers in which a bunch of yahoos convince one another that they’re right. But, our fear of echo chambers can blind us to their important social role. Just take a look at…

In love with linked data: The Semantic Web requires a lot of engineering. So along comes this scrappy contender that says we ought to just make our data public and see what happens. Brilliant!

Too Big to Know: I worked on a book for a couple of years, and now it’s out. Yay?

Report from the DPLA platform: Surprisingly, I’m interim head of the project building the software platform for the Digital Public Library of America. Here’s what’s going on.

Contest: #Stories
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3 Responses to “Joho: Culture is an echo chamber”

  1. Being on a business trip to Paris, I could not consume all of new posts to your zine but one – “In love with linked data”.

    That’s great and simple explanation what LD (and LOD) initiative is all about. Thanks !

    For years I witnessed your delicate “opposition” to the SW as it was initially proposed. I agreed with some thoughts (mainly from EiM book), disagreed with some other.
    And I always have been confronting my own admiration of SW with Cory Doctorow’s “meta-crap” manifesto (even recently during a meeting with Yahoo/Google key panel in Berlin I did so, this time “against”

    I think SW is great and the reason that LD is so beautiful is because it uses those ingenuous SW inventions (URI, semantic links etc). But I also think we need to confront it,
    we need to be its advocatus diaboli – just to make it better, or to understand it better…

    LD is light is simple, is to grand SW like XML (and maybe HTML) to its grand-parent SGML…

    And is for us, not for these morons “machines” :-)

    I like it and promote it too… (e.g. : here)

    Thanks David !

  2. I meant ingenious not ingenuous !
    but maybe it was also a good way of praising SW :-)

  3. Thanks, Mirek. My attitude has been similarly ambiguous. I do like the approach because it’s more modest and incremental. It’s the attempt to get everything right that concerns me.

    The comparison to SGML is entirely apt. It is in fact my involvement in some SGML efforts in the late 80’s and early 90’s that set many of my biases/prejudices about attempts to drive conformity to complex standards.

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