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Multiple subjective views over an objective implementation.
That is the evolutionary dynamic driving the web. The goal for some is
evolutionary stable strategies for their applications and languages.
The history of HTML is an example of an organic ESS (it resists invasion
by its very design and use model as practiced). Others try to use
lock-in by large numbers supported by different marketing strategies
(eg, Flash, Shockwave). Others use small tight demographic groups that
remain cohesive because of other advantages (eg, royalty free IP).
Knowledge of a fact is only valuable relative to the situation semantic.
Until one understands the force vectors that create that situation, one
has no model for the value life cycle (value is real-time transitory).
From: Colin Muller [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Michael Kay wrote:
> I would argue the opposite to #7. Everyone knows that Paris is the
> capital of France, so how can this information be valuable? Not many
> people know Bill Gates' credit card number: this information therefore
> has much higher value.
Doesn't this depend on whose shoes you're standing in?
From the point of view of any individual reader other than Bill Gates
and his nominated card holders, knowledge of his credit card number is
either valueless or of enough value to buy a jail sentence. So that's no
more valuable (and potentially of more negative value) to the individual
than the knowledge about Paris. From the point of view of Bill Gates and
his nominated card holders, yes, the card number has high value.
From the point of view of any individual reader, the Paris information
may not have high value, but from the point of view of Paris, it does:
it's part of a set of information which makes Paris the world's most
popular tourist destination and France one of the world's top foreign
investment attractors. I'd be very surprised if this does not bring in
more Euros per annum than Bill Gates can spend on his card.