The virtues of being broken

The virtues of being broken

Synchronicity is a funny thing. After writing yesterday's blog about letting the bad times roll I get to the chapter named "Perfection" in David's Weinberger's book "Small Pieces Loosely Joined".

This section particularly rang true...

Our biggest joint undertaking as a species is working out splendidly, but only because we forgot to apply the theory that has guided us ever since the pyramids were built. Whether we have thought about it explicitly or not, we all tacitly recognize - it's part of the Web's common sense - that what's on the web was put there without permission. We know that we can say what we want in an e-mail or on a discussion board without permission. The sense of freedom on the web is palpable. The Web is profoundly permission-free and management-free and we all know it.


Yet the Web works. It grows without much maintenance. It invents at insane speeds. We can get done what we want, although usually after clicking down some dead ends. Beyond any unreasonable expectation, it works. But it works only because it has remained true to its founding decision: remove the controls and we'll have to put up with a lot of broken links and awful information, but in return we'll get a vibrant new world, accessible to everyone and constantly in the throes of self-invention. The Web works because it's broken.