The web is not, despite the desires of so many, a publishing medium. The web is a customer service medium. “Intense moderation” in a customer service medium is what “editing” was for publishing.
Culture is history in representational form, as social life as a whole cannot be expressed directly (To say nothing of social-natural metabolic life). Culture is if anything not a representation of social life per se, but of the impossibility of its representation.
Thesis 1 proves that representation must take place, while thesis 2 makes sure that when it takes place it says nothing. Hence the middle is lost.... Mediation is missing. There is, in a very literal sense, no media happening here.... Hence the following law: an increase in aesthetic information produces a decline in information aesthetics.... In other words, there are some things that are unrepresentable.
Thesis 1, data have no necessary visual form; thesis 2, only one visualization has ever been made of an information network. There is indeed a dialectical tension between these two theses, for if there is no necessary connection, why do so many network visualizations look the same?