Why did information become the dominant metaphor for the recent age? David Weinberger provides his take in this video, providing an historical and intellectual background for the surprising depth of our commitment to the idea of information, and how, in an age dominated by technology, that commitment can present a problem. Ethan Zuckerman, who blogged the presentation, provides his abridged version here.
When it come to big ideas, Weinberger's view of miscellany is similarly penetrating and influenced my thinking about the nature of the Internet. Please check it out if you have a few moments. You won't be disappointed.