05 March 2007

The filetype storycycle

in robotwisdomese translation
the 'mirror neurons' meme
looks like:

robot views (external) video of robot action

robot refers to
reflects on
subjective (internal) knowledge
of how and why
any robot might act that way

but while aristotelian
euclidean newtonian
hierarchies of features
work smoothly for external views

they don't
for internal
subjective reflexive views
of actions-in-action

every opcode or function call
in whatever context
changing some particular values
among all possibilities

so instead of aristotelian hierarchies
we need instead
joycean storycycles
like finnegans wake (or solace)
tracking an everyman's
usual universal
branching storypath

and unexpectedly
this can be neatly illustrated
using the aristotelian 'filetype' category

filetype: text
filetype: image
filetype: audio
filetype: video
filetype: data
filetype: code

and a filetype storycycle

bored curious ignorant interested

knows repertoire of search strategies
(peculiar to each filetype)
engines archives indexes blogs forums fringes
searchpatterns query-etiquette

accessing textlists of file urls
(with brief descriptions)

using file-viewing tools peculiar to filetypes
formats metadata compression bundling
internal structures and sequencing

winnowing useful from useless
identifying masters and wastedumps
retracing others' search skills
comparing their ratings
sharing one's own skills and ratings in forums

identifying gaps among useful files
of a given filetype
and choosing to author a new file
to fill that gap

using file-authoring tools also peculiar to filetype
skills standards practices masters
structures objects sequences

and finally file publication
injecting into others' searchstreams
for free, or not
maximising visibility
monitoring feedback channels...

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