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The blogged wandering of Robert W. Anderson



  1. I agree with Doc Searls: links are useful. I don’t think they are everything, and I bet Mr. Searls agrees with that too.
  2. If you haven’t tried to understand what Steve Gillmor is saying, I suggest you do.
  3. I believe a game-change is a foot. See #2.
  4. Notice that I find the arguments relevant and interesting and yet I still link. And I continue to use desktop Office.
  5. And Jim, not even Steve says you should stop linking. He still links when it is the right gesture.

Disagree all you like. But, if you haven’t taken the time to grok the actual argument beyond the low hanging fruit, then just move along. There is nothing to see here.



    Doc Searls wrote @ May 9th, 2006 at 11:04 am

Right. I don’t think that links are everything. But they’re a huge part of the Web of hypertext where we’ve been living and writing for the last ten years or more.

I also agree that something is afoot. Many things, actually. I’m sure, because I trust and respect Steve — even when I don’t understand him — that Gestures are a big-foot development.

I’ve taken a *lot* of time trying to understand what Steve means by gestures. “In and of themselves they send signals of direction, resource allocation, political traction or lack of it, and so on.” he says, in “Anatomy of a Gesture”: . Well, that’s not clear. At least to me. Certainly not clear enough to warrant not linking where linking is obviously useful. What’s “dead” to Steve is still live to me. Each to his own, I suppose.

By the way, if you could point me to a nice, tight, clear explanation of what Gestures are, I’d did it. Thanks.

    Robert W. Anderson wrote @ May 9th, 2006 at 11:19 am

Thanks for the comment. I hope you didn’t infer that my “haven’t taken the time” point was directed at you — People jumping on this meme and I don’t think they have.

I think you’ll have to go back to Steve for further explanation of gestures, though.

    J. LeRoy wrote @ May 10th, 2006 at 11:09 am

How to Link without Linking…

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