That makes the Web into a strange sort of thing. It's for email,
for instant messaging, for shopping, for playing, for listening
to music, for tricking people, and for doing things not yet invented.
Yes, the Web is a strange sort of thing. In fact, it is in some
ways more like a place than like a thing. Just like you can do things
in a place, you can do things on the Web. What you can do in a place
depends on the type of place it is. If it's a schoolroom, you can
learn. If it's a schoolyard, you can play. If it's a space station,
you can tumble around in zero gravity and play a very odd game of
So, if we want to understand the Web, we should ask
what type of place it is. And that's a very good question.
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