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David Weinberger: Metadata and Desire

David Weinberger: Metadata and Desire

"Every ordering we come upon is one that we've made up to suit some purpose. The foods in the grocery are grouped by type (fruits, pastas) but also by type of container (canned fruits next to canned vegetables) and impulse buys (chewing gum and The Weekly World News) not because God has declared this to be the right way but because it happens to accord with the way we use and buy the goods for sale there... So, while it seems perfectly feasible to map one schema to another, it isn't always possible because they have different purposes in life and thus express life differently... But that means that metadata, an abstraction of an abstraction, is directly and intimately tied to human projects and human desire."

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