“One of the things I’ve found is that people don’t like to be compared to ants.”
Mr Joichi Ito is explaining why he is passionate - one might argue, obsessed - with what happens when you link together hundreds upon thousands of people over the Web to form vast, conversing communities.
What happens then, and what he hopes will happen more extensively, is a synergistic form of communication where the whole is greater than the parts. One could compare this - if, as Mr Ito acknowledges, people weren’t getting so tired of the analogy out in the Web world - to the collective power of an ant or bee colony.
Oh, man. It would appear that my goose is cooked! What can I say, it seemed like a good analogy when I started this thing up a year ago. If it’s out of style now — well, so’s my hair :-)
What do you think — is “Ant’s Eye View” a turn-off? Drop your humble editor a line and let me know.Posted by Jason Lefkowitz at June 03, 2003
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If that's too hard to understand... well, I'm sorry. There's only so much I can do. I'm not a therapist, and I'm not a miracle worker. (Unless you consider staying employed in this economy a miracle.) I wish I could help you work through your delusional belief that I'm speaking for anyone else but myself. Honestly, I do. But in the end, that's a monkey you'll have to get off your back on your own. Sorry.