Small Streams

Two Paths
October 18, 2007, 10:56 am
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asphalt pathPeople’s Path
I walked through Schenley Park’s Flagstaff Hill on the way to work today, and I saw two paths. One path was a nine-foot wide swath of asphalt, and the other path was a thin trail of bare earth. The first represents what people want other people to do, and the second represents what people do. This reminded me of Liz‘s talk at the Technology in the Arts conference “RSS and You: Teaching th Web to Surf Itself,” where she mentioned tags and folksonomies. Liz used the second path as a metaphor for the way folksonomies represent the paths that we make for ourselves.

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Architects call that the line of desire.

Comment by Sarah

Interesting, makes you think that something desirable lies at the end of the path.

Comment by Mark

well, the ther people who wear away the path must desire something, even if it’s a short cut to their destination… which they may not really desire to go to, which is interesting in and of itself, but they press on and get there without wasting time. hmmm.

Comment by Sarah

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