Songweb <—let me know if that doesn’t work.
In other words, objects, songs, poems, etc all have underlying meanings that make it mean what it does to you. Weinberger’s example that he took from German philosopher Martin Heidegger, is the meaning of a hammer. You basically have to imagine as if you had no idea what a hammer was, or what is was used for. You break down all the things that give a hammer meaning.
1. It’s a tool….2. It’s used with nails…3. nails are metal things with a flat top and sharp bottom that hold wood together….4. wood is made from trees…5. Trees grow from the ground…..6. We have to cut down a tree to use its wood….and the list goes on.
Weinberger also explains, “that implicit web of relationships gives the things of our world their meaning” (170). Which is true, all those “leaves of meaning” that came off of one “branch”, (we can use the hammer example) give it meaning, and give it a purpose. This is true in the digital world as well. In the third order of order, the content and metadata are all digital. Things online have webs of meaning too, just like the hammer does. However it is up to the users to make sure each web of meaning for each thing doesn’t get too out of whack making it hard for the next searcher to find what they are looking for. We build our own webs of meaning by tagging, linking, blogging, tweeting, etc.
“We are building this connected miscellany link by link and tag by tag. Its value is in the implicit relationships that turn it into an infrastructure of meaning” (171).