05 October 2008

The universe of stories

The universe is made of stories,
not of atoms.
--Muriel Rukeyser [cite]

the internet is swollen
with lists, sorted
by date
by popularity

but the deepest sorting
is (almost) nowhere to be seen

the story sort

each particular individual
has an individual history
of creation
of relationships
of eventual dissolution

and every abstract type
of personsplacesthings
has an abstract, 'usual' story

a branching monomyth
of classes of creation
sequences of relationships
classes of dissolution

so when the semantic web
tries to nail down any entity

it's doomed to failure
until that 'nail' can be hammered
into a freestanding framework
of that entity-type's usual storyhistory