Thursday, April 19, 2007

Web 2.0

Very interesting article over at Publishing 2.0 in regards to a New York Times article about a study carried out by Science Magazine. Ok, I promise, no more links.

The gist of the article is that Scott Karp says Web 2.0 does nothing more than allow us to find random junk quicker.

"All of a sudden it’s crystal clear what Web 2.0 really is — the greatest platform ever for harnessing randomly imitative social behavior. Before Web 2.0, achieving utterly arbitrary results took time and effort. Now, with platforms like Digg, we can get nowhere in a fraction of the time it used to take.

"Web 2.0 glorifies the “social,” but in an open system, social behavior becomes “monkey see, monkey do.”"

All three are very interesting reads, and touch upon some of the things I brought up in my post (ok, I lied about the 'no more links' bit) about groupthink and digg. If you remember, the post made it to the front page, and was immediately buried.

Anyway, all three articles bring up some good points, and could make for an interesting conversation around the water cooler.

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