Douwe Osinga's Blog: The four stadia of Internet Enlightenment

Tuesday, July 29, 2003

According to the Diamond Way Buddism, there are five paths on the way to full enlightenment. On the Internet there are four stadia.

  1. The novice, overwhelmed by the enormous amount of information and things available, becomes scared of losing the new found wealth and tries to hold on to it by printing it or saving it to a hard disk.

  2. After a while, this person reaches the first insight: the Internet doesn't go away. If you save the url, it is enough. If the information on the url is updated, there is a reason and you profit. If the url itself goes away, there is probably a reason for that too. This is the stage of bookmarking.

  3. The second insight is reached when the person realizes that urls are only temporary and that the best urls change all the time and that a good search engine is better then an outdated list of bookmarks. Want a site, just type in the best keywords.

  4. I'm not sure about the fourth stadium. I'm not there yet. Please let me know if you are.