August 14, 2005

Once, the original vision for the World Wide Web was purely that of an information source, an ultimate databank compiling all the known knowledge of the world. Its dreamers forgot (or could not conceive that) no matter how utterly reliable, information cannot be utterly objective: at least in part because it can never be independent of its source. It does not even have to be a question of inherent bias. A telephone number is still the same telephone number, whether it comes from the telephone book or is stored in the memory of a cellphone.

Yet I think it might make a slight difference, no matter how often you invite me to call, had I called you up without your having given me your telephone number.

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