Re: Unfortunate metaphors, or the Information Forest [cr-95/11/08]


Sender: •••@••.••• (Allen  L  Marshall)

>Sender: •••@••.••• (Glen Raphael)

>This "greasing" is presumably done so that people attempting to steer
>high-performance equipment onto the Information Highway skid off the
>Information Embankment and crash into the Information Tree, producing an
>Information Fireball.
>Can't we find a better metaphor? This one has all the wrong connotations.

>Glen Raphael, •••@••.•••
>President, Stanford/Palo Alto Macintosh User's Group
><A HREF="">Home Page</A><BR>

A better (but still not good) metaphor for the internet was coined by an
eWorld user.  "Information Gravel Path"

I think the best metaphors for the Internet are two that are commonly used
among the 'Net community and often ignored by the popular media:

a sea

a web (or net)

The sea captures the anarchic quality of the 'Net.  And also can tell the
listener just how easy it is to get lost in netLand.

The Web or Net metaphor implies more order than we really have on the
Internet.  It seems our governments like this metaphor more than the Sea.

+ Mi lernas la Esperanton!  |||||  Je parle francais!   +
   {Allen Marshall, PO Box 14, Beverly, NJ 08010 USA}

 Posted by Andrew Oram  - •••@••.••• - Moderator: CYBER-RIGHTS (CPSR)
You are encouraged to forward and cross-post messages for non-commercial use,
pursuant to any redistribution restrictions included in individual messages.