Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder, by David Weinberger

A meditation on the nature of organization in the modern world, and how things no longer have merely their place, but places.  In the digital world (what Weinberger calls the “third order” of organization), we are no longer dealing simply with physical things which have one place, but digital information, which can fit in many categories.  This gives us the ability to order and search in multiple ways, depending upon our needs–and in the process is transforming business, education, politics, science, and culture.  In a “miscellaneous world,” authority becomes more diffuse, with information assembled not in a fixed way or according to someone else’s priorities, but reflecting our own needs and interests–which might change the next time we search.  A hard book to describe, but interesting to read.

Rating:  *** A good read
Reviewed by:  stc

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