From James’ Coffee Blog:

I am intrigued by the IndieWeb’s approach to plurality and building technologies that don’t serve the creation of monocultures or single ways of thinking about things. IndieWeb technologies help build plug-and-play social bridges. The technologies are your pipes. You get to decide how they connect and what you make with those pipes. This idea excites me to a great degree.

In that paragraph they neatly encapsulate much of what I have loved about web culture, both as it applies to the code and the coders.