Web 2.0 – Thoughts

The first article I read was on “bantamweight publishing.”

Web 2.0 Publishing

Mark Drapeau brought up some interesting points on attribution, or lack thereof, of quotes and hashtags and how the line of what is considered plagiarism on social networking sites is undefined at this time.  Drapeau asks the question, “Who owns your sentences once you publish them?”  I had to stop and think about this. Do I still own them, does the site on which I publish own them, or are the witty remarks I make now public domain?  This certainly makes me pause and think about what I post.  If, by some rare alignment of the stars, I post some pithy and witty comment, will it stay mine?  How can I make sure it stays attributed to me?

These questions will definitely need to be answered in the near future as the Web 2.0 expands, especially if money becomes involved.  As Drapeau pointed out, what if someone gets a macropublishing deal based on someone else’s comments.  How can someone prove the comments were theirs to begin with?  The legal ramifications of are mind-boggling to say the least.

The second article I read was regarding how Web 2.0 has changed how information is disseminated.

Web 2.0 Response

The article pointed out to me how the dissemination of information has changed in the last few years due to Web 2.0.  Even though I rarely watch the news, I know what is going on from posts on my social networking sites.  People can now instantly exchange up-to-date information to a group of people, including a whole country in the case of this article, in a nanosecond.  The recent success of so many of the Tea Parties around the country is a testament to this. The traditional news outlets have not been advertising the Parties, but this does not seem to be a problem as most people are finding out about them via Twitter, Facebook, etc. A friend of mine recently went to a Tea Party march on Washington in September.  Because of hand held Web 2.0 devices, the crowd was very much aware of the myriad of changes in the plan that had to occur because of the higher turn out of people attending the march.  This made me reflect that no longer can one person or body be able to control the dissemination of information.  Web 2.0 has changed how the masses receive their information and the speed at which it is received.  I think that this will greatly impact our society.   People will see that there are many versions of the truth out there – not just the “official” line.  Socially closed countries such as Iran and Pakistan will feel the impact more acutely.

The final article I read was on education and Web 2.0.

Web 2.0 Education

This article made me think about the way we communicate today and how that has changed so rapidly in the last few years.  Web 2.0 has its own language and syntax.  The use of letters and numbers to shorten words and not using complete sentences are some examples of this.  It has almost become a “foreign language.”  This creates a language barrier between generations that has not been there before.  I personally still have some difficulty deciphering some text messages and some abbreviations on social networking sites, but I am quickly learning.  My mother on the other hand, is totally lost and she is just 20 years older than me.  So what impact is this “foreign” language – the language of Web 2.0 going to have on our society?  Will the accepted rules change or will the English professors hang on tooth and nail to “correct” language grammar, spelling and syntax?  I can already see the impact Web 2.0 has had on our language.  I am currently taking Writing 1 online through CCCCD.  We have to post every week in response to questions posted by our instructor.  Those students who are in my age bracket use very traditional English, punctuation, and capitalization.  The students who are just out of high school rarely capitalize or punctuate, and the syntax is a little “off.”  I also believe that as time progresses we are going to see a widening of the generational gap which will make communication with our elders that much more difficult.

I also want to add, that after reading several other articles on Web 2.0, it occurred to me that Web 2.0 is causing a blurring of the public self and the private self.  In other words, to quote George Costanza on Seinfeld, “worlds are colliding!”  The persona you present at work may be different than the one you present at church or with your football buddies.  Through social networking sites, those worlds are merging.  I think that this is going to either change people into having only one persona, or a more likely outcome is that people are going to be very cautious who they “friend” and what they post.  Who knows what a prospective employer might find if they decide to look you up on Facebook!


2 responses to this post.

  1. Wow you gave so much detail I love it! Your opinions on Web 2.0 gave a lot of insight and it seems like our opinions are similar. I enjoyed reading your blog and thanks for all the great information!


  2. As to the ownership of comments I think the law will quickly state the rule there. It is easy to search for a phrase nowadays on blogs and see the original author. Although sometimes the user will be subject to a terms of use for a forum or website. Site owners can reserve the right to use any users comments or content and possibly claim ownership. Of course a judge can overrule any claim a site owner might make on a users words. Also as is evidenced by FBI cyber investigations it is relatively easy to exact the IP addresses of commenters to find out a persons true identity and location. There are precious few ways to hide an IP address, and one would have to be aware of of their digital fingerprints to search out said software.


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