Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Thanks for Giving Birth to the Web, but it’s all Grown-up Now, kthxbye
If it weren’t for Sir Tim Berners-Lee, this blog post might have only existed on my computer, confined to an audience of one–two, if you count my wife.
While every web geek should be compelled to name their first-born “Tim,” Berners-Lee needs to understand that his role in the WWW is fulfilled–please don’t be that clingy parent, that can’t let go. What the heck am I talking about? This….
Talking to BBC News Sir Tim Berners-Lee said he was increasingly worried about the way the web has been used to spread disinformation…Sir Tim told BBC News that there needed to be new systems that would give websites a label for trustworthiness once they had been proved reliable sources.
Do I have to keep repeating myself on this stuff? Why does the web need labeling? And, who’s to say which site is authoritative and which is not? Why can’t the web simply exist, grow, and morph into what masses decide? What happened to the “wisdom of crowds” deciding what’s credible? And, let me point out, even credible web sites make huge mistakes–how would your proposal work in this instance? Or, this one?
To be fair, Berners-Lee isn’t even sure what the web needs:
“I’m not a fan of giving a website a simple number like an IQ rating because like people they can vary in all kinds of different ways,” he said. “So I’d be interested in different organisations labelling websites in different ways”.
I’m not a fan either, so why don’t we just let little “3dub” find his own way in the world? If you love it, set it free!