When
· Naughties
· · 2007
· · · October
· · · · 19 (1 entry)

The Tower · I was talk­ing with an old friend about lots of things in­clud­ing the In­ter­net and the con­ver­sa­tion wan­dered some­how to the Old Tes­ta­men­t. She asked “Maybe the Net is like the tow­er of Babel?” It’s not that strained an anal­o­gy; what we’re try­ing to build does par­take of large-scale hubris. “But that sto­ry had an un­hap­py ending” I replied. And in­deed, were a venge­ful hand, di­vine or oth­er­wise, to in­ter­vene, to con­fuse our lan­guage so we could not un­der­stand each oth­er, that would be dis­as­trous at the scale of Ba­bel. I don’t think we’re try­ing to re­store the pre-Tower state though: Now the whole world had one lan­guage and a com­mon speech. Try­ing just to low­er con­ver­sa­tion­al fric­tion and bar­ri­ers to en­try for ev­ery­one in the world, that’s hubris enough.
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