Too Big to Know
“Knowledge is now the property of the network.”
This quote assumes that knowledge is something tangible. That we can all define it as the same thing and assign an owner to it. However, as the author also mentions, there is not one way to define knowledge. How can we give ownership to the network if some of us don’t agree on what knowledge is.
“In the past we used filters to limit the amount of information and gain knowledge.”
According to this idea, filters were a one-way street where knowledge was limited by the material that filtering groups allowed to enter society. Later on, the author breaks this rule by comparing this method with today’s filtering practices. Filters today do not limit the amount of information available. They simply give priority to certain terms and places them in front of a list (ie Google searches). The material that was filtered out is still available on the Net.
“Knowledge has no shape/foundation”
Since the Net is always growing in different shapes and configurations it is difficult to imagine it has a shape. The author mentions that knowledge has no foundation this means there is no groundwork for it. If there is no base he believes the Net will never stop growing nor have a definite shape. This might contradict the idea that knowledge can be a property since we cannot define the boundaries of knowledge.
Technical Writing 101
“Have a basic grasp of the technology you are writing about” and “Ignorance is bliss.”
The author is giving contradicting ideas when he explains the basic skills a technical writer needs. At first he says that you should know the basic workings of the technology you need to write about. This assumes that this skills is required if you want to be a successful technical writer. However, in another paragraph he says that knowing little about a new technology is an important tool to write a good guide. In this second idea the author assumes that the writer can successfully imitate the mind of a regular user. However, it is not possible to forget the technical background the writer possesses therefore this approach might not be as effective as his first suggestion that we need at least basic knowledge of the technology we are writing about.