Louise Downe

What we talk about when we talk about Things

Our hypertext is not the same as Engelbart's hypertext, because it does not serve the same purpose. Our video conferencing is not the same as Engelbart's video conferencing, because it does not serve the same purpose. They may look similar superficially, but they have different meanings. They are homophones, if you will.

  • Bret Victor

The way we talk about what we do is important. Who we allow to name it is important. The fact that we seem to have no way to summarise the culmination of intent, physical structure and eventual use that makes up “functionality” without giving it a give it a name is important.

Functionality has no authorship, it is free to change, evolve, die and be re-used as something else. Names are not.

We need to find a way to talk about what we do.


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