Organization of Knowledge and the Hyperlink: Eco's The Name of the Rose and Borges' The Library of Babel
Western epistemology is linear or teleological, logical, and atomistic. Our classification does not adequately represent other cultures with holistic, circular, and inclusive worldviews. These issues are discussed as in The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco and deconstructed using the theories discussed by Hope Olson. With the advent of the Internet, and the multiple possibilities of hyperlinks that are like a rhizome, hierarchical classification no longer needs to be an issue. Each item (web page) is a node of the rhizome and has the potential to be linked to infinite numbers of other nodes. All nodes are equal in value and extend shoots to other nodes. The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges represents the rhizome through a honeycomb of infinite hexagons.
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