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Web 2.0

December 2, 2008

According to Wikipedia, the term Web. 2.0 “refers to a perceived second generation of web-based communities and hosted services — such as social-networking sites, wikis and folksonomies — which aim to facilitate collaboration and sharing between users.” Classic Web 2.0 sites and services include Wikipedia, YouTube, the orginal Napster, BitTorrent, Flickr and blogs.

With that in mind, please watch the video, “The Machine is Us/ing Us”. One of the most widely viewed videos online, it was produced by Professor Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University. The video both explains and demonstrates Web 2.0. After viewing it, please write a paragraph or two commenting on the points made in the piece. Why is this relevant to digital media convergence, especially as we build sites with HTML?