Desierto o selva tropical

Steven Johnson, autor de libros como Everything bad is good for you o Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software, escribió en su blog el artículo Why The Web Is Like A Rain Forest donde explica por qué la web 2.0 es más parecida a la selva tropical que a un desierto (que sería la web 1.0):

Those Web 1.0 pages with their crude hyperlinks are like the sun’s rays falling on a desert. A few stragglers are lucky enough to stumble across them, and thus some of that information might get reused if one then decides to e-mail the URL to a friend or to quote from it on another page. But most of the information goes to waste. In the Web 2.0 model, we have thousands of services scrutinizing each new piece of information online, grabbing interesting bits, remixing them in new ways, and passing them along to other services. Each new addition to the mix can be exploited in countless new ways, both by human bloggers and by the software programs that track changes in the overall state of the Web. Information in this new model is analyzed, repackaged, digested, and passed on down to the next link in the chain. It flows.

Interesante para relacionarlo con las ideas de Zygmunt Bauman y su modo de entender la modernidad líquida, un punto sobre el que basé un artículo que fue publicado en el último número de tpG y que se puede leer acá: Información líquida.