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Monday, December 18, 2006

More Web 2.0 Realities

What a coincidence. So am I! According to TIME magazine's December 25th issue, we control the Information Age. Well then...Welcome to your world!

Web 2.0 is a massive social experiment, and like any experiment worth trying, it could fail. There's no road map for how an organism that's not a bacterium lives and works together on this planet in numbers in excess of 6 billion. But 2006 gave us some ideas. This is an opportunity to build a new kind of international understanding, not politician to politician, great man to great man, but citizen to citizen, person to person. It's a chance for people to look at a computer screen and really, genuinely wonder who's out there looking back at them. Go on. Tell us you're not just a little bit curious.
I've been sharing with freelance clients and staffers Adam Richardson's (Frog Design Mind) article called the Recommendation Age. In it Adam describes (I paraphrase) that the promises of the information age now require "recommenders" or "filters" to assist in weeding through the resulting deluge of information we now have access to. And blogs are the perfect answer to that. With so many discussions on the blogosphere pointing to this shift from traditional information structure and delivery to user generated content, co-creation, social connections, open source community, etc., it seems a tad bit ironic that a traditional news source like TIME Magazine's declaring it so is what makes it stick. Guess it's "official." Read the whole article here.

(tipped off by Logic+Emotion )


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