Stafford Beer and the WWW



From the "Variety and the WWW " paper
(Reflections on Stafford Beer's "Designing Freedom")
A Better Outlook for Cybernetic Man

"
Tell me a whole lot more about news item six.
Show me the family tree of King Priam.
Get back the work I was doing on my new house.
Entropy? I don't understand. Stop all this and explain.
Record in my tax file that today I bought a dog.
Tell Jack in Vancouver I'm ready for the chess match.
Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, the composer conducting. oh l see.
AND DON'T TELL ANYONE ELSE UNLESS I SAY SO.
Is this a new prediction for Web interactivity?
No, it appeared in Stafford Beer's 1974 book of his 1973 CBC radio lectures,
long before Tim Berners Lee invented the WWW. ..."
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