The discussion on MetaFilter about the end of Assembler raises some very interesting points on the transient nature of the web, and the role of the publisher/artist/designer/author. At the same time it rings the alarm bells. Some very good people–folks who’ve done much to both define and stretch the boundaries of this fledgling medium–are packing up their toys and taking their talents offline.

The web has always been an impermanent place. The stuff at the other end of the link can be fleeting: moved [300, 301], not found [404], gone [410]. It’s part of the design. Whether that’s a good thing… time will tell.

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