but Tom Coates continues to do some of the heavy thinking required to consider some of the recent innovations in new-ish webstuff. This time it’s about tagging: Two cultures of fauxonomies collide. What’s refreshing about Coates’ writing is that while it’s not academic in nature (much more accessible and not nearly as onanistic as much of the academic work in the domain), neither is it obsessed with the commercial side of things – his posts aren’t about the next business model or monetizing X or Y.
a few people have noted misgivings about the article by Janice Fraser that I linked to last week; notably Andre Torrez, maker of a great number of really cool things on the net. See also Kottke’s A whole new internet?. I still like Fraser’s piece, but it doesn’t capture the whole story – the story you already know if you’re a maker of things on the internet. But for a non-maker audience – reader, community participant, casual browser – I think the piece does have merit and is still worth a read.