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The (other) Web we lost | Web Directions
"Learnability

… Do we honestly want to diminish this network effect by fragmenting the technologies of the web, by creating silos of expertise, with little by way of a common language? We should at least be aware of this potential consequence of our choices. Aware of not just what we (typically as individuals) might gain from our choices, but what we collectively, what the Web, may lose.

Maintainability

… Traditionally, more than half of the cost of a complex system has come during its maintenance phase, and while on the Web we’ve been more likely to throw out and start all over again than traditional software projects, as what we build for the Web becomes increasingly more complex, and mission critical, the maintenance phase of projects will become increasingly long and costly. And again, it’s pretty well understood that maintainability has a lot more to do with the ability of disparate developers to understand and reason about a code base over a long period of time than it does with ease of using find and replace.

Interoperability



Longevity



Small pieces loosely joined

In 2002, one of the Web’s pioneers David Weinberger (among other things, co-​​author of the Cluetrain Manifesto) wrote “small pieces, loosely joined”, a way of thinking about what makes the Web different. I’ve long thought it applies well to the technologies of the Web, and should guide us as we build for the Web, whether it’s our own sites, those for our clients or employers, or the very technologies that move the Web forward.

If each time we came to solve a problem we thought “how small a problem can I solve”, or even “what really is the problem here”, and then solve that in a way that is as modular, compatible, and extensible as possible, we’d be going a long way toward taming the explosion of complexity we’ve seen over the last half a decade or so, and to returning at least in part to the other Web we lost.

Perhaps this Web simple had to grow up, to meet the challenges of the ever more complex artefacts we’re building. When the Web was about documents and sites, perhaps we could be simple, but in an age of Apps that’s a luxury we can’t afford. Perhaps the technical underpinnings of all platforms of necessity fragment over time.

But, before we lose this Web for good, I think we owe it to that Web to really understand it, what makes it tick. And when we make technical, architectural choices about what the Web looks like, we don’t just focus on what we (as individuals) gain, but what costs there are to this Web as well."
learnability  web  webwelost  maintainability  html  interoperability  longevity  smallpieceslooselyjoined  johnallsop  2013  networks  internet  technology  webdev  css  webdesign 
december 2013 by robertogreco
An Essay on the New Aesthetic | Beyond The Beyond | Wired.com
[New URL: http://www.wired.com/2012/04/an-essay-on-the-new-aesthetic/
See also: http://booktwo.org/notebook/sxaesthetic/
http://www.aaronland.info/weblog/2012/03/13/godhelpus/#sxaesthetic
http://www.joannemcneil.com/new-aesthetic-at-sxsw/
http://noisydecentgraphics.typepad.com/design/2012/03/sxsw-the-new-aesthetic-and-commercial-visual-culture.html
http://russelldavies.typepad.com/planning/2012/03/sxsw-the-new-aesthetic-and-writing.html ]

"The “New Aesthetic” is a native product of modern network culture. It’s from London, but it was born digital, on the Internet. The New Aesthetic is a “theory object” and a “shareable concept.”

The New Aesthetic is “collectively intelligent.” It’s diffuse, crowdsourcey, and made of many small pieces loosely joined. It is rhizomatic, as the people at Rhizome would likely tell you. It’s open-sourced, and triumph-of-amateurs. It’s like its logo, a bright cluster of balloons tied to some huge, dark and lethal weight.

There are some good aspects to this modern situation, and there are some not so good ones."

"That’s the big problem, as I see it: the New Aesthetic is trying to hack a modern aesthetic, instead of thinking hard enough and working hard enough to build one. That’s the case so far, anyhow. No reason that the New Aesthetic has to stop where it stands at this moment, after such a promising start. I rather imagine it’s bound to do otherwise. Somebody somewhere will, anyhow."
machinevision  glitches  digitalaccumulation  walterbenjamin  socialmedia  bots  uncannyvalley  surveillance  turingtest  renderghosts  imagerecognition  imagery  beauty  cern  postmodernity  hereandnow  temporality  pixels  culturalagnosticism  london  theory  networkculture  theoryobjects  smallpieceslooselyjoined  collectiveintelligence  digitalage  digital  modernism  aesthetics  vision  robots  cubism  impressionism  history  artmovements  machine-readableworld  russelldavies  benterrett  siliconrounsabout  art  marcelduchamp  joannemcneil  jamesbridle  sxsw  brucesterling  2012  newaesthetic  crowdsourcing  rhizome  aaronstraupcope  thenewaesthetic 
april 2012 by robertogreco
Innovation in Open Networks
"Moore's Law and the Internet have dramatically lowered the cost of the creation and distribution of information, fundamentally changing the way we collaborate. We no longer live in a world of central control but rather in ecosystem of "small pieces loosely joined" with innovation on the edges. Open source software and open standards thrive in this environment and push the networks to be even more open, making it possible that the agility we see in software and consumer Internet services may spread to hardware. Joichi Ito will show what startups, the MIT Media Lab and citizen geiger counters in Japan have in common."
joiito  opennetworks  open  2011  towatch  mitmedialab  medialab  mit  japan  smallpieceslooselyjoined  control  ecosystems  lcproject  unschooling  deschooling  innovation  networks  startups 
november 2011 by robertogreco
While you were sleeping, from Berlin (Scripting News)
"I predict a return to blogging as people discover the power of being able to finish a thought, and to link to another site without going through an intermediary. Once again people will discover the power of Small Pieces, Loosely Joined." AND "When you think of news as a business, except in very unusual circumstances, the sources never got paid. So the news was always free, it was the reporting of it that cost. [...] The Internet always disintermediates. Did you see the "media" in the middle of that word? It's the middle that's hurt in the new world. Sorry. The new world pays the source, indirectly, and obviates the middleman."
blogging  davewiner  malcolmgladwell  chrisanderson  news  free  thinking  slow  davidweinberger  smallpieceslooselyjoined  journalism  newmedia  reporting  disintermediation  economics  middlemen 
june 2009 by robertogreco
The DIY Future: What Happens When Everyone Is A Designer?
"time is right to begin exploring aspects of DIY Future, especially profound implications for info arch & UX design. Using designer's powerful fusion of analytical perspective & creative vision, we can balance speculative futurism with an understanding of
cocreation  consumption  creation  gamechanging  diy  culture  smallpieceslooselyjoined  participation  design  infodesign  ux  future  futurism  creativity  creative  spimes  ubicomp  ubiquitous  computing  participatory  brucesterling  petermorville  jessejamesgarrett 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Vodafone Receiver » #19 | What the Web Is For
"This excerpt of the Kids Version of Small Pieces Loosely Joined is published under a Creative Commons license and printed in receiver by arrangement with David Weinberger."
smallpieceslooselyjoined  podcast  storytelling  children  teens  socialsoftware  socialnetworks  human  web  online  internet  community  pedagogy  davidweinberger  networking  connections  world 
november 2007 by robertogreco
The Ed Techie: The VLE/LMS is dead
"(but we'll probably take 5 years to realise it). Scott Leslie has coined the term Loosely coupled teaching, for the assembly of a number of different, third party apps to do your teaching with."
vle  collaboration  community  education  elearning  socialsoftware  teaching  schools  smallpieceslooselyjoined  technology  ict  learning  gamechanging 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Anil Dash: Blackbird, Rainman, Facebook and the Watery Web
"Think of the web...as water. Proprietary platforms based on the web are ice cubes. They can, for a time, suspend themselves above the web at large. But over time, they only ever melt into the water. And maybe they make it better when they do."
facebook  history  infrastructure  platforms  web  internet  socialnetworks  socialnetworking  smallpieceslooselyjoined  social  freedom  open 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Remixing the library / Jon Udell / GRL2020 / October 2007
"In an online world of small pieces loosely joined, librarians are among the most well qualified and highly motivated joiners of those pieces. Library patrons, meanwhile, are in transition. Once mainly consumers of information, they are now, on the two-wa
libraries  librarians  future  online  internet  smallpieceslooselyjoined  books  information  search  learning  knowledge 
october 2007 by robertogreco
The Long Tail: Social Networking is a feature, not a destination
"I'm sure huge and generic social networking destinations will continue to do well, but I'm placing my bet on the biggest impact coming when social networking becomes a standard feature on all good sites, bringing community to the granular level where it
socialsoftware  socialnetworking  ning  facebook  myspace  networking  longtail  chrisanderson  networks  distributed  smallpieceslooselyjoined  trends  future  socialnetworks  community  web  internet 
october 2007 by robertogreco
How to avoid sounding like an monkey (Scripting News)
"if you don't want to sound like an idiot, call a social graph a social network and stand up for your right to understand technology, and make the techies actually do some useful stuff instead of making simple stuff sound complicated"
socialgraph  socialnetworking  SocialSoftware  smallpieceslooselyjoined  socialnetworks  communication  data  society 
september 2007 by robertogreco
There is no Web Operating System (or WebOS) (by Jeremy Zawodny)
"I've been getting quite frustrated and annoyed by the writing I've read in various places about the idea of a WebOS, Google OS, Yahoo OS...There is no Web Operating System. There will be no Web Operating System."
culture  data  opensource  services  socialsoftware  webos  web  trends  smallpieceslooselyjoined  technology  internet  web2.0  platform  os  yahoo  google 
september 2007 by robertogreco
Facebook is the new AOL (kottke.org)
"As it happens, we already have a platform on which anyone can communicate and collaborate with anyone else, individuals and companies can develop applications which can interoperate with one another through open and freely available tools, protocols, and
api  facebook  socialsoftware  technology  web2.0  open  networking  myspace  socialnetworks  smallpieceslooselyjoined  social  trends  platforms  aol  critique  kottke  comparison  walledgardens  socialnetworking  openness 
june 2007 by robertogreco
Flux » Articles » Dopplr shift
"So what can designers of educational software learn from Dopplr? Simply that tools exist within a wider system: that it is better to create something to do a single job well than it is to build something which does many things badly."
design  dopplr  focus  simplicity  online  internet  tools  socialsoftware  smallpieceslooselyjoined  socialnetworks  distributed  alacarte  buildyourown  vles  ples  software 
june 2007 by robertogreco
Reason Magazine - Wikipedia and Beyond: Jimmy Wales' sprawling vision
"Wales, whose wife Christine teaches their 5-year-old daughter Kira at home, says he is disappointed by the "factory nature" of American education: "There's something significantly broken about the whole concept of school."
jimmywales  homeschool  unschooling  education  schools  learning  wikipedia  freesom  optimism  democracy  reference  users  content  wiki  liberalism  smallpieceslooselyjoined  society  philosophy  politics  popculture  reason  collaborative  economics  journalism  search  web  wikis 
may 2007 by robertogreco

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