Posted by Steve Price on March 01, 1999 at 05:40:14:
In Reply to: Hey Brother, Can You Spare a Paradigm? posted by Michael Wendorf on February 28, 1999 at 22:02:05:
Dear Michael and All,
While I believe most of what you say is right on, I disagree with the assertion that there is no paradigm in the world of rug collecting. In fact, I think there may be too many paradigms, which implies that "the world of rug collecting" really should be expressed as a plural rather than singular. What we might call mainstream rug collectors usually agree on what is "good" and what isn't, and this means that they must have some rules that they are all using, even if they do so at a subconscious level or in a way that they are unable to articulate.
Here are what I think are some of the mainstream rules: we value things that we think are beautiful, older than we are ourselves, and in some way reflect a culture different than our own.
Will the internet change these rules? Like you, I doubt it. But in the other worlds of rug collectors, those whose rules are a bit different, it may help to educate them and help them learn to THINK RIGHT (like us!).
This gets us to the nub of the matter. The internet is an incredibly rich source of information. That's great. It's also an incredibly rich source of misinformation, as anyone can confirm every single day. That's not so great. This isn't peculiar to the worlds of rug collecting, but is a simple consequence of the ease with which information can be put onto the web and the ease with which it can be accessed.
Perhaps in another thread we can deal with the subject of books versus the web as information sources and repositories.
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