In fact, semantic msg predated symbolic ones: paleolithic paints of horses expressed models of horses, rather than the word “horse”
Some people worried about the use of calculator. They are not alone, Plato worried that writing will make ppl not practicing their memory
I conjecture entropy of Chinese names is >> English ones, not symbolically but in semantics, often with profound meaning tied to history etc
Transformative inventions have something in common: they lead to things unplanned. We still use wheels in ways unimaginable 10k yrs ago.
Persistence of writing allows so many unplanned possibilities (you name it). Persistence of LIFE (as web allows) isn’t less revolutionary
Writing first, then logics invented. Same here: structured web first (RDF? maybe, or not), then semantics. Warning: logics is never popular
Literacy allows one to describe notions without references to their models (instance) – this is a great semantic compression
Can there be math beyond simple counting without writing? Now Web is the extended brain, what new devices of thinking will be invented?