I read the introductions to Ted Nelson’s Computer Lib and Dream Machines: two foresighted books published together in 1974.
Paraphrasing: Today, human minds are simultaneously the booty, the battlefield and the bombs. — Daniel Schmachtenberger, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=db-Xn2gzGxU
An advantage of the Web that I don’t often hear mentioned: little hierarchy. We can form links between sites practically as we like, with no forced universal folder or category structure.
The computing world is based on one principal system of conventions — the simulation of hierarchy and the simulation of paper. — Ted Nelson Twitter icon
In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty. — Emerson, “Self-Reliance”
Less is more?
My mastering engineer runs my songs through analogue tape, so as to introduce some of the “noise” that, it turns out, people enjoy. Does this mean that a non-100% signal-to-noise ratio is desirable, or is this noise actually signal?
Less is more? According to the late Milton Glaser, “If you look at a Persian rug, you cannot say that less is more because you realise that every part of that rug, every change of colour, every shift in form is absolutely essential for its aesthetic success.”
I’ve started Walter Isaacson’s engaging biography of Steve Jobs. First impression: Jobs, Wozniak and their school friends got their hands on and played with more hardware than anyone I knew growing up. If generational, this might be an interesting consideration for schools.
Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist. … Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world. — Ralph Waldo Emerson