The “Web 2.0” is the interactive internet made possible by wikis, blogs, social bookmarking sites, etc.
For an analysis of Wikipedia, one of the most successful implementations of this new technology, see Marshal Poe’s “The Hive,” from the Sept. 2006 issue of the Atlantic Monthly. For a demonstration of Wikipedia at work, watch: Heavy Metal Umlaut, a screencast by John Udell.
For some delightfully thought-provoking (and creatively presented) reflections on the power of the evolving web, see Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us and (in reply) Re: Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us. These presentations are being discussed at Digital Ethnography @ Kansas State University.
Stayed tuned for a post on “Information versus Knowledge,” in which I will reflect on the implications of some of these new technologies within the context of human learning.