A good new ClayShirky essay, consolidating a lot of ideas he (and others) have been floating recently.
- against TopDown, hierarchical classification schemes (not very good for things like the web, and we don't need them)
- for BottomUp, situated, personal, self-interested, tagging
The essay is here : http://shirky.com/writings/ontology_overrated.html
Read with lots of things here :
- TypingNotCategorizing (which is my early intuitive grasp at something similar. "tagging" is a better term than "typing" which I was using ...