Mark Me Up, Scotty

Although it sounds a little weird, I reckon this study’s going to be required reading in a few years. I suppose it’s another step in the progression from Books to the Web: HumanMarkup.org is trying to find a way of assigning human traits to information systems, similar to the way you can find information about the subject a paragraph through clicking on links on the web. The idea is to remove misunderstandings: if you thought that the person writing the sentence ‘my dog has fleas’ was a 31 year old white anglo-saxon protestant male who was being figurative, would it take a different meaning if you knew it was a 6 year old asian girl who was being literal? It’s serious stuff, and worth considering, especially if you plan on writing for the Digital Age.

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