Serendipity was a major concern in the early days of the web. People argued that by letting your eye be drawn to a news story outside of your normal range of interests, the newspaper prevented you from becoming a blindered drone who knew everything about sports and business and nothing about everything else. It’s clear by now that hyperlinks provide serendipity of a deeper sort. Who can read a web site straight through without getting waylaid by some link and plunged into a world you knew nothing about until this moment?

Michael Kinsley


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