1. I am a regular reader of your blog (using a feed-reader) since a long time ago.

    I have a question for you. After many unsuccessful searches for the term
    “political ontology” AND ((Semantic Web) OR rdf OR owl)
    I am worried about the poor results obtained.

    Perhaps the Semantic Web is deliberately left outside politics, at the moment.

    However, it doesn’t take too hard thinking to realize that -on the contrary- the Semantic Web is _ideally_ suited for political applications; political databases; ideological ontologies, etc.

    What is… to be done? 🙂

  2. P.S.
    I am seriously thinking of implementing an “ideological ontology”, where all the cliches or fixed ideas of a certain ideology are coded (e.g. in rdf/owl) and also associated with the ideology’s proponents. Then, to play with this model, translated inferred conclusions into natural language. This can be done without Semantic techniques, of course. But using the Semantic web one can also associate it with existing sites.

  3. great idea. then we might be also be to check to what extent continental philosophy is repetitive or formulaic. and to what extend we can play around with the structures and overcodings, and get something new.

  4. As a mockery of self-indulgent, self-infatuated theorizing, a simulation of ideology by computer can be very amusing, of course. Several examples of this (e.g. the postmodern text generator, etc) have already proved it.

    However, I suppose that the Semantic Web now offers us new, hitherto unexplored possibilities of truly harnessing beneficially, all our incredibly voluminous Collective Stupidity!

    Evidently, silliness can be amplified, by fruitful Semantic unification with… more silliness!

    The only serious thing likely to remain usefully intact, is the massive new associations between silliness as an abstract achievement of our species, and silly individuals as its perfect embodiment; world leaders, for example.
    (To put it bluntly, it is THESE people, we ought to start file-ing up Semantically…)

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