Clay's latest essay, The Semantic Web, Syllogism, and Worldview, has resulted in quite the flurry of interesting responses.
Mark Pilgrim has a number of these responses collected in his "B-Links" sidebar, but I'm going to put them here, as well, so that I can find them more easily in the future.
- Shelley Powers' Deconstructing the Syllogistic Shirky, A Semantic Conversation, and The Value of Human on a Humanless Web
- Paul Ford's A Response to Clay Shirky's "The Semantic Web, Syllogism, and Worldview
- Ken MacLeod's XML vs. RDF :: N ◊ M vs. N + M (Or, Questioning Why People Can Only See the Semantic Web AI Strawman)
- Dare Obasanjo's The Semantic Web and Perpetual Motion Machines
- Sam Ruby's Syllogism (particularly the comments thread) and Blind Spots
- Tom Hoffman's Shirky on SemWeb, a Case Study
- Tim Bray's Metadata, Semantics, and All That
- Alex Wright's Shirky on the Semantic Web
- Joe Gregorio's Shirky on the Semantic Web
- Danny Ayers' Shirky's Men of Straw
Bricklin'sBrickley's comments on Danny Ayers' site, and post to the www-archive list
- Steve Cayzer's Clay Shirky and the Syllogistic Web
- Carol O's The semantic web, metacrap and libraries (this one says a lot of what I was thinking...)
- Frank Paynter's Network of Networks
- David Weinberger's The Semantic Web and SGML and Are We Semantic Yet
- Jay Fienberg's Metadata and vagueness
- Marc Canter's Enough complaining - lets get on with doing
(I'll update this list as I find other interesting responses. Feel free to add relevant links in the comments, as well.)
My inner librarian has a response brewing, as well, but it will have to wait a bit. It's the last week of the quarter, and I've got exams and project to give and grade. Next week is blogging and reading catch-up time.