I finally got around to reading Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder by David Weinberger. I thought that I understood the premise and contents fairly well from my readings on the Web but I was pleasantly surprised by this book, which is now available in paperback. There is lots here that I will refer back to and the book will definitely stay on my reference library shelf.
For instance, I already knew this concept 😉
In the miscellaneous order, the only distinction between metadata and data is that metadata is what you already know and data is what you’re trying find.
But then we go one step beyond the Cluetrain:
The markets that conversations make are real markets, not mere statistical clusterings.
I highlighted this passge near the end:
In the world after the Enlightenment, the cultural task was to build knowledge. In the miscellaneous world, the task is to build meaning, even though we can’t yet know what we’ll do with this new domain. Certainly some will mine it for knowledge that will change our lives through science and business. But knowledge will only be one product. Knowledge’s new place will be in an ever-present mesh of social meaning. Knowledge is thus not being dethroned. We are way too good at knowing, and our continued progress – and survival – depends on it. But knowledge is now not our only project or our single highest meaning. Making sense of what we know is the broader task, a task for understanding within the infrastructure of meaning.
This made me pause and think about what we mean when we discuss knowledge work, and if it may be the wrong label.