Clay Shirky on Categories and Time

Some time ago I commented on the value of folksonomies, and I basically (still) think that tagging can be as valuable as ‘scientific’ categorization schemes such as the Dewey Decimal Classification System.

In the meantime, however, I’ve come across this truly great Clay Shirky clip from 2005. It’s a conference talk on What Time Does to Categories, and one of his conclusions is that user generated indexes like folksonomies may actually prove more durable than its ‘scientific’ predecessors.

Here’s why:


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