Quote Originally Posted by PocketFullOf View Post
Omg wtf are you on about?
Consider: I am a literate individual and the proof is that I am now writing literate English. But also consider: if my literate English were not held by metadata, you would not be able to read my literate English.

This might seem an obvious and trivial thing to say except we are now collecting, storing, and analysing, most of the metadata in the world.

Metadata is far more important than the data. Metadata tells us more about individuals and their connections than than mere data. For instance, the content of emails is nowhere as important as the metadata generated by each email. And consider: every day we leave a long trail of metadata wherever we go.

Unfortunately we are hypnotised by the content of emails and such, and are blind to the metadata generated caught and held and analysed.

In other words, we focus of the text and ignore the context.