Beware of Reification

Reification is the tendency to think of mental models as if they’re concrete realities. It happens across all disciplines from medicine to marketing.

The open source movement represents the free exchange of thought, the leveling of authority and opportunity. These are important ideas with inherent value on there own. It would be unfortunate if the open source/open idea movements were diffused by the resulting hot air from too much hyperventilation.

It's easy to forget that Web 2.0 is a marketing term coined by a couple of media firms. A name can turn a handful of weeds into a bouquet.
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Blogger Sterling Smith said...

But . . .

A rose by any other name, would smell as sweet.

5:20 AM  
Blogger GTV said...

It's also easy to forget that Linux deceived it's way into the mainstream market by making us believe that OPEN SOURCE = FREE. Microsoft is just as "Open Source" as Linux is; it's just that the Linux community uses the media to falsely debunk that fact. The Linux community LOVES to point out the fact that their OS Kernal code is available to the public while the Microsoft Windows Kernal is proprietary and inaccessable... Why did you HAVE TO reprogram the Kernal code again? Exactly...

1:34 AM  
Blogger Sterling Smith said...

Hmmm. Gerard, in order for you to be understood by us mere mortals, you're going to have to make your rants a little clearer. I read your post twice and I still don't get it. I see a vague reference to open source as Tracy mentioned in her post, but other than that, I don't really get it.

9:39 PM  

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