Painters buy white canvases for a reason. The Internet has succeeded as a platform for innovation because its architecture does not preempt its uses; instead, the stupid network offers a neutral background for line drawing, oil painting, and collage. Sure a grid on the blank canvas would help those making mechanical drawings at the right scale, but it's just noise to the rest, who now need to paint an extra layer to cover it up. Complexity built into the network (such as a search engine that responds to every nonexistent domain name query) may enable a few uses, but it slows or breaks many more, and impedes the development of alternatives.
Great article from Tim O'Reilly with many insights starting with Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy.
Two two part articles on web logging: George Siemens, The Art of Blogging, Part 1 and Part 2, and, Exploded Library, It's a Blogs World and Blogs and News Aggregators without the Aggravation (and Only a Little Serendipity).
[from Ernie The Attorney].
This is why "trusted computing" is such a holy grail, and why something like "trusted viewing/listening" would be even better from many companies perspective.