Wittgenstein and WordPress

Philosophical Grammar by Ludwig Wittgenstein talks about words — with words.  And there lies the conundrum:  talking about words with words, picking yourself up by your bootstraps.

Something that has stood out to me in WordPress is its use of language. What Wittgenstein talks about in his book is the use of language and the meaning of words in different language systems.  A word derives its meaning from its use within its langauge game. The word ‘game’ implies rules.  The rules of grammar.

In the case of WordPress, the words stay the same even tho their usage has changed.  It would be difficult to change to more appropriate words in such a large system that has evolved over time.  There is a drive toward complexification.

WordPress started out as a simple blogging platform.  Then it grew, thanks to the many volunteers who have devoted many hours to what WordPress has become.  It’s a community project — open source.

2001 – b2 cafelog — Michel Valdrighi

2003Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little fork b2 and create WordPress.

2004 – Plugins are introduced with Version 1.2 (Mingus).

The first word we come across is blog.

web log — meaning weblog  (we blog)

meaning:  posting your words, images, videos on the web for the world to see

self publishing, not only in the sense of book publishing — but anything publishing — say what you have to say

it used to be in olden days of yore that publishing had to do with printing or writing on paper

there was a time gap from the time the author wrote the words, submitted them to a publisher, finalized it, printed it, delivered it to book sellers where a person could purchase it and read it

I could be typing these words right now and you could be reading them almost at the same time

publishing is instantaneous

The history of WordPress has determined its vocabulary.  The words have transformed into wider meanings

post    now you may create custom post types.  Post has a post-type of post.  You may think of it as the top parent class of custom post-types.  A page is also a post-type of page.  Posts may have categories which may be hierarchical like a taxonomy.  They may also have tags which are not hierarchical.  Pages may only have tags.

thumbnail —>  featured image

sidebar —> widgetized area



Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death. If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present. Our life has no end in the way in which our visual field has no limits.”

— Wittgenstein, Tractatus, 6.431