A Brief Introduction to Folksonomy

This post was originally written as an assignment for my Representation and Organization class, as an explanation of the advantages and disadvantages of folksonomies. I had a little fun with it, so the tone isn’t entirely serious. A folksonomy is a user-generated system of metadata that fulfills a personal and/or social function of identifying and describing objects. The word system is misleading, however; although there are trends in the way people describe (“tag”) things, there are “no explicit systematic guidelines … Read More

Thoughts on the Perception of Pluto

In the world of the abstract, the world of the ideal, we would see things as they are, instead of as we perceive them. However, this is impossible – our brain is simply incapable of viewing things without attempts to simplify, to correlate, or to extrapolate. In many ways, this is to our advantage; in other ways, it hinders our attempts to understand the world around us. Neil de Grasse Tyson, in the recent series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, comments … Read More