The Conceptual Librarian

July 9, 2008

23,000,000,000 Things I know about Her

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Jean Luc Godard made Two or Three Things I Know About Her (2 ou 3 choses que je sais d’elle) in 1967 and it remains one of the most astounding films ever made.

Check out the trailer here.

The “her” of the title is conceptual in nature and could be referring to the central character who is a suburban housewife / prostitute / mother or it could be Paris, the Vietnam war or any number of elements of modern consumer society.

If the film had been made today, the “her” of the title could quite easily be the internet and instead of just 2 or 3 things, we could well be looking at 23,000,000,000 things, though the number of pages on the web has passed that amount and is sailing off to infinity.

In the 23 Things Web 2.0 excercise, we have been looking at some 21st century tools which make accessing the web a lot more user friendly as well as ways of presenting our own information on the web.

I think it is important to understand just how big the online world is becoming. It isn’t just the searchable areas of the web where it is possible to get more than 25,000,000,000 hits for one search.

Think about all the databases the robot spiders and crawlers can’t reach, not to mention virtual worlds. While I waste time floating above Kangan HQ in Second Life, I notice that Darth Vader is lurking around behind the fence. Darth disappeared before I could get to talk to her, however for some real YouTube fun, check out Darth Vader’s younger brother Chad Vader.

In ourĀ neverending search for entertainment and pleasure, we should also be on the lookout for that oh too human concept: meaning.

Throughout this blog I have classified the 23 Things either as time wasters or exciting developments in structuring information. I also fully understand that these technologies haven’t been developed by wealthy benefactors hell bent on improving our lot absolutely for free. There is a price to pay, which may be at the periphery of our experience, but nonetheless a price there is – be it exposure to volumes of targeted advertising or the dissolution of privacy.

In the words of Aldous Huxley, it is a brave new world out there and it is up to us to decide where we stand.

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