One thing I found interesting about Tim Berners-Lee and from our discussion this morning was Berners-Lee's definition of the dictionary. On page 12, Berners-Lee states, "We think of a dictionary as a repository of meaning, but it defines words only in terms of other words." I think that this is a very good way to describe the meaning of words. Until we took a closer look into at this statement I never thought of the definition of words like that. I completely agree with Berners-Lee and would argue that the connection between words can go further.
I believe that rhetoric is always in use. When people are talking and acting in certain ways rhetoric is at its highest points. For instance, someone could be defining a word or using a metaphor to explain a situation. Another example, to help someone persuade another individual, a story often can help the person relate to the situation.
I think Berners-Lee does a good job describing a similar meaning to the Internet with his dictionary metaphor. I argue that connecting different ideas (rhetoric) is just like the Internet. Each website has rhetoric embedded within it whether its purpose is to educate, make a purchase, or to be informational for the intended audience. Each hypertext link makes the connection to another website creating value. The hypertext is a form of rhetoric trying to convince users to leave a page they are on to go to another. Over time, this web creates a huge connected mess of rhetoric.
It will be interesting to see where the Internet and rhetoric will go from here. I can't wait to learn about the next Tim Berners-Lee, the person that can visualize the next step of the Internet.