Serendipity casts a very wide net
It is no accident that technology commentator Bill Thompson believes that the web does a lot to promote chance discovery
One of those rumbling arguments that betrays a deeper discontent is going on within the loose collection of blogs, newspapers and academic websites that has replaced public lectures and university common rooms as the space for public debate on matters of intellectual significance.
The question is whether the online information sources we use today limit our potential to find material by accident, and so reduce the chance of inadvertently discovering wonderful things or life-changing facts.
Like the title of one of my favorite movies, Serendipity, this essay talks about the magic and transcendental changes possible with serendipity in exploring cyberspace.. a cautionary tale...