Robert Pirsig writes in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: “The stream of national consciousness moves faster now, and is broader, but it seems to run less deep. The old channels cannot contain it and in its search for new ones there seems to be growing havoc and destruction along its banks. . . . “What’s new?” is an interesting and broadening eternal question, but one which, if pursued exclusively, results only in an endless parade of trivia and fashion, the silt of tomorrow. I would like, instead, to be concerned with the question “What is best?,” a question which cuts deeply rather than broadly, a question whose answers tend to move the silt downstream.”
Zen was first published in the spring of 1974. How might Pirsig’s words relate to the world of Web 2.0? How might they relate to your relationship with technology?
Due Wednesday, January 25.