Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Everything is Miscellaneous

Everything is Miscellaneous looks like an interesting book. David Weinberger's new book covers the breakdown of the established order of ordering. He explains how methods of categorization designed for physical objects fail when we can instead put things in multiple categories at once, and search them in many ways. Much like the organization of this blog and even this post. I am tagging this post with 3 labels so this article will show up in 3 different categories on the right hand side of the screen (web 2.0, video, and folksonomy). I also have a custom google search engine in this blog, which enables the reader to retrieve information by searching for key words. It's no card catalog, that's for sure (thank goodness), but the idea is to connect relevant information to the reader in the most effective and efficient way possible.

I have included a few pre-publication quotes about the book as well as a google video of a presentation that David Weinberger delivered to spark your interest.

"From how information is organized, to the nature of knowledge and how meaning is determined, this book is a profound contribution to understanding the impact of the digital revolution.”
- Richard Sambrook, Director, BBC Global News

“The world is messy, like it or not, and it’s only going to get messier as the Web destroys rules and rule-makers. You can either complain about the chaos and wish for the good old days of order, or you can buy this book and understand why delirious disorder will soon make us all smarter.”
- Chris Anderson, Editor in chief of Wired, and author of The Long Tail

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