May 02, 2005

Saying things just right

It occurs to me that most of the material in this blog is quotations of other people, somebodies who have put something just so, and struck a resonant frequency or two. As such, the value to anybody besides myself is probably in the trackback, when I link to where I encountered the trenchant whatever. Here's a case in point, from an interview with Joi Ito by R. U. Sirius:

So what have we learned? Weve learned that conversations on mailing lists tend to explode in flame wars. Weve also learned that if you make a web page, there is a good chance no one will notice. Mailing lists are like rooms that people can get into, but very difficult to get people out of. Everyone in the room hears everyone else in the room. Too much feedback. A personal web page .... No one can hear you. Not enough feedback. Life and good emergent systems live in the interesting place between too much feedback and too little feedback, that very special space between chaos and order. Its the sweet spot of emergent order that we see in fractals, life, and the high of being "in the zone."
(He goes on to talk about the blogosphere and Wikipedia as instances of sweet spots of the moment)

Posted by oook at May 2, 2005 12:32 PM