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RE: tolerating anarchy (was Re: Personal reply)

3/13/01 3:53:15 AM, "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@ingr.com> wrote:

>The web succeeded based on a standard set of 
>generic codes passed among communicating parties 
>via a standard protocol all implemented over 
>a code library made freely available from 
>the originators of that code.
>There isn't a hint of anarchy in that. 

Depends on how you define "anarchy."  If you take it to mean the absence of 
*rules*, then you're certainly correct.  If you take it to mean the absence of 
*rulers*, then I'd say the process was pretty anarchic; nobody was able to 
make anything happen purely by virtue of who they were.  What we had was 
standardization by acclamation.  The rules of the Web were in some ways more 
like physical "laws" than legislation; people observed them because they 
couldn't accomplish anything if they didn't.  There was no "if I can't play 
quarterback I'm taking my ball home" because there was no-one in sole 
possession of the only ball.  It was more like "if you don't follow the rules, 
nobody will want to play with you."