Wednesday, August 22, 2012

New Book on Knowledge

Highly recommend reading this: Weinberger, David.  Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room is the Room . Perseus Books Group. 2012. 
He says:  Knowledge has been about reducing what we need to know.  Knowledge is now a property of the network, and the network embraces businesses, governments, media, museums, curated collections, and minds in communication.  What has our Web experience revealed so far?  His five factors are:
        Abundance. There is more available to us than we ever imagined back in the days of television and physical libraries.  
        Links.   Ideas can be hyperlinked, and you can go from one to another with a mere click.
        Permission-free. The default is that people can read, post, and build what they want on the Net.
        Public. What you can see, generally others can see. The Net is a vast public space within which the exclusion of visitors or content is the exception.
        Unresolved. The longer you spend on the Net, the more evidence you have that we are never all going to agree on anything.

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