Thursday, September 11, 2008

Web 2.0 -- "The Machine is Us/ing Us"

Interesting video presentation of how the worldwide web has evolved and is still evolving.

I am still in the midst of the transition from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0. How about you?


Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University and the creator of this video says, "Web 2.0 is linking people . . . people sharing, trading, and collaborating. . . ."

I believe he is correct. At the same time, I would like to point out that the impact of the Web is not -- and will never be -- wholly good and upbuilding. And there is true wickedness in the world, and there are true and strong differences of opinion, and when someone of a different opinion wants to "win an argument" or "destroy the enemy," he or she can certainly use the Web to fulfill his or her purposes.

Point: the Web certainly does offer opportunities for sharing, trading, and collaboration, and it is being used for these purposes, but it is being used for nefarious purposes as well.

Let us make sure that as much of what we do as possible is used for good!
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