Internet Wise Glossary
What is and what could be Internet?
Inspired by Joseph Muller Brockman’s quote: “I don’t surf, I dive.” we started to be curious: how does it work, which pioneer and computer scientist invented what sort of technology and what are the relations to the rest of the culture or society.
The result of the research is a gathering of 110 terms on GitHub, online open source hosting service for programmers and hackers, compiled into a book.
What is the book? Is it an elegant typesetting, trendy typeface, well-arranged layout, or just a pile of paper? Sure, It’s all of it, but especially the book is a kind of memory.
Besides the human brain, cells chromosomes DNA and many more, it is a safe store of information, place where you find what you have left there. Rather than inert stone surface or bank tresor, memory works like a glass of jam or pot of honey. It’s sticky, adhesive liquid, in which you put your finger, you are not able to clean it anymore.
Memory is not content neutral, it’s not transparent part of information path. It actively changes the information. Every form of memory contaminates its content.
According to the previous statement, we designed the form of memory and content together. This is visible in a form of a special thread layout that catches the internet specificity. Internet memory is not two-dimensional space handing linear information like most of the books. The sprawl of networks, nodes, and connections is displayed as a Holographic model.
Every point contains whole information or path to it. Every meaning thread cross other definitions. The reader can follow the predefined direction or is invited to switch to crossing connection. The whole text is one physical hyperlink linking itself in the infinity of combinations.
This book covers just a two-dimensional version of meaning spaces – but this principle of information organization works also in every n-dimensional space.
This book is part of The Whole Internet Catalog, a large eclectic collection made under the supervision by typographer and hacker Thomas Buxó.
Investigating the Internet was firstly inspired by Whole Earth Catalog published by Stewart Brand between 1968 and 1972, which gathered particular knowledge of that times and was distributed by post.