This week, we’ll be talking about connections: The in-person links that create crowds and the digital ones that create, well, the Internet. Briggs talks specifically about “crowdsourcing;” the term “the wisdom of crowds” was popularized by James Surowiecki, but it’s been around for a while. Some take issue with the idea that crowds actually have any particular wisdom; a crowd, after all is just a thrown rock away from a mob. Here’s a little tune on the subject from Nova:
Moving on to links and linking, consider some ideas from these posts:
- Way back in 1997, David G. Post described some common questions and criticisms of the humble link that are still pertinent today.
- Bill Thompson talks about links as the key component of “the semantic Web.”
Since there’s no class on Monday for the Labor Day holiday, you have until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, January 29 to make your responses to this post. Keep it concise, relevant, and don’t forget to integrate Briggs!