Posted by Yon Bard on March 01, 1999 at 08:41:13:
In Reply to: Hey Brother, Can You Spare a Paradigm? posted by Michael Wendorf on February 28, 1999 at 22:02:05:
I think you overstate the matter when saying 'we cannot even agree on how to describe the technical structure of a rug.' Some of us may be more competent in performing a structural analysis than others, but I am unaware of fundamental differences of opinion on what constitutes a proper analysis. And any lingering doubts should be allayed by books such as Marla Mallett's 'Woven Structures.'
The concern about who will win the contest over the internet paradigm shift seems to be misguided. There will always be a range of interests from the purely commercial to serious collectors to scholarly researchers etc., and they will each continue to ply their interests - with, we hope, at least some commonality of interests between the latter two categories. I think the internet can only strengthen this connection, by more easily bringing the fruits of the researchers' findings to the attention of the collectors, and the collectors' attic treasures to the attention of the researchers.
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