SEMANTIC KNIGHT: None shall pass without using all sorts of semantic meta-meta-meta-stuff that we will invent Real Soon Now!
HACKER: I have no quarrel with you, good Sir Knight, but I must get my work done on the Web. Stand aside!
SEMANTIC KNIGHT: None shall find anything on the Internet without semantic metadata!
HACKER: So be it!
HACKER and SEMANTIC KNIGHT: Aaah!, hiyaah!, etc.
[HACKER chops the SEMANTIC KNIGHT's first argument off by building efficent statistical/heuristic search engines]
HACKER: Now stand aside, worthy adversary.
SEMANTIC KNIGHT: 'Tis but a scratch.
HACKER: A scratch? Your argument has been cut off!
SEMANTIC KNIGHT: No, it isn't.
HACKER: Well, what's that, then?
SEMANTIC KNIGHT: I've had worse. None shall have an effective syndication network without RDF Site Summaries!
[HACKER chops the SEMANTIC KNIGHT's second argument off by building the blogs/RSS/Aggregators/Bloglines/etc. network ]
HACKER: Victory is mine!
SEMANTIC KNIGHT: Have at you!
HACKER: Eh. You are indeed brave, Sir Knight, but the fight is mine.
SEMANTIC KNIGHT: Oh, had enough, eh?
HACKER: Look, you stupid &^%$# You've got no arguments left.
SEMANTIC KNIGHT: Yes, I have.
SEMANTIC KNIGHT: Just a flesh wound.
HACKER: Look, stop that.
SEMANTIC KNIGHT: You won't be able to get machine-machine services without an ontology to formally describe all the relationships!
[HACKER chops the SEMANTIC KNIGHT's third argument off by building SOAPy and RESTful services with only implicit semantic descriptions]
SEMANTIC KNIGHT: Right. I'll do you for that!
HACKER: You'll what?
SEMANTIC KNIGHT: Come here!
HACKER: What are you going to do, bleed on me?
SEMANTIC KNIGHT: I'm invincible!
HACKER: You're a looney.
SEMANTIC KNIGHT: The SEMANTIC Knight always triumphs! Have at you! Come on, then. I have an battalion of KR theorists on my side!
[HACKER chops the SEMANTIC KNIGHT's last argument off with an army of actual code writers]
SEMANTIC KNIGHT: Oh? All right, we'll call it a draw.
HACKER: Come on, folks, let's go.
SEMANTIC KNIGHT: Oh. Oh, I see. Running away, eh? You yellow ^&^%$s! Come back here and take what's coming to you. I'll bite your legs off!
Michael Champion, xml-dev list