When we were strolling around the magnificent ruins of Pompeii, what surprised me the most was the amount of graffiti. No, not from knuckleheads with cans of spray paint. This stuff had been there for thousands of years. While I’m sure my amusement all this time later wasn’t quite the reaction all those years ago, some of the notes served a valuable purpose such as communicating lost pets or stolen articles. Sort of a wall-based Craigslist.
If you’ve been to New York, you know that no newly erected wall can go for more than 10 minutes without writing or ads on it. Turns out the same thing is true about the web and, in fact, we encourage it. I think that’s too bad. Continue reading