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Thing 13

Share your thoughts about tagging. Is tagging a useful way to organize your digital resources and why? What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages? What is important to think about before assigning tags to bookmarks or other Internet content?

Here we go again. More stuff. OK, back off, Martin. Organization is a good thing. So, sure tagging and bookmarking can be good, but this social bookmarking reminds me of cell phones. In an emergency the phone can be very handy, but generally people and their cell phone habits annoy me. Back to Delicious: do I NEED to access all my websites on a different computer? I know the URL of most of the sites that I regularly visit. Do I need to outsource that task? There seems to be a bias against memory here--something Neil Postman warned about in his book Technopoly. Memory is a defining human feature (unlike animal memory)and to constantly rely on devices to be our memory is a bit dehumanizing. Granted, we can't remember everything (nor would that necessarily be a good condition), but to deliberately seek out as much surrogate memory as possible. . . that can't be good.
Will I try Delicious? Yes, but as the web guru said in the second feature assigned to read, this is just one more thing to add and clutter up our web life.

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GeePatty said…
Hi There! I am also participating in 23 Things... but way behind you. I agree. You can sign up for so many things at once that are supposed to "simplify" your life but in the end only makes everything more complicated.

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