web 3.0 meets the religious web!

So if web 1.0  was catholic, web 2.0 is protestant and web 3.0 will be …?! Why do we always fall back upon good old religious metaphors and analogies? And why does it always sound so … exciting and mysterious? That mysteriousness is the dangerous (and meaningless) part, though it certainly does sound good.

From Language Log quoting a paper by Malcolm Hyman and Jürgen Renn, “From Research Challenges of the Humanities to the Epistemic Web”:

Web 2.0 is the protestant vision of the Semantic Web: where central authorities have failed in mediating between the real world of data and the transcendental world of menaing, smaller, self-organized groups feel that they are called upon to open direct access to this trancendental world in terms of their own interpretations of the Great Hypertext. The traditional separation between providers/priests and clients/laymen is thus modified in favor of a new social network in which meaning is actually created bottom up. The unrealistic idea of taxonomies inaugurated by top-down meausres is being replaced by the more feasible enterprise of “folksonomies” spread by special interest groups. As their scope remains, however, rather limited and the separation between data and metadata essentially unchallenged, the chances for developing such a social network into a knowledge network fulling [sic] coping with the real world of data are slim.

This reminds me, again, of the old joke about a conversation between a native of Belfast and an American:

Belfast: Are you a protestant or a catholic?
U.S.: Well, neither one, actually. As it happens, I’m a jew.
Belfast: All right, but are you a protestant jew or a catholic jew?

Ecumenical fairness also raises obvious questions about other approaches to finding meaning in web data — the Islamic view, the Hindu view, the Buddhist view, and so on. In any case, I hope that their paper finds its way onto the web — even the old-fashioned (pagan?) html web without any sort of cultic overlay — so that you can learn about the creed that Malcolm and Jürgen are evangelizing, the “Epistemic Web”, which they (perhaps optimistically?) call “Web 3.0”. I’d explain it to you, but I will need further theological study or a special revelation to understand it fully myself.

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One Comment to “web 3.0 meets the religious web!”

  1. Belfast: Are you a protestant or a catholic?
    U.S.: Well, neither one, actually. As it happens, I’m a jew.
    Belfast: All right, but are you a protestant jew or a catholic jew?

    Actually – it’s not a joke!! When I was getting admitted to hospital in 1998, and this was 4 years after the ceasefire, on filling in the admission form under religion I put down “Christian”. The nurse who checked over the form said that wasn’t acceptable – I had to put whether I was a Protestant Christian or a Catholic Christian – never was the difference SO obvious as in that second. Both sections like to consider themselves to be Christian yet only in Ulster is there a difference :)). Blessings, TKR. (Belfast, N.Ireland)

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