Rethinking Life and Relationships With Web 2.0

This video from Digital Ethnology demonstrates the changing paradigm of content/information transfer and their inter-relationship with our shifting lifestyles.

After watching it, tell me what you think will be our greatest challenges over the next 10 years. Comment below.

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5 thoughts on “Rethinking Life and Relationships With Web 2.0

  1. People in nations with easy access to the internet are increasingly reliant on the web for developing an understanding of a topic. Web content can be very mesmerizing and misleading. As more and more people use the web for news, data gathering and information retrieval, we need to be aware that all data must be ever more carefully checked.

    The trend towards greater reliance on the web for information should continue. Have you noticed that broadcast and cable news outlets are becoming more like E! News? This overt trend towards entertaining the audience vs. informing the audience is likely to continue. Many outlets like Gallup and Bloomberg are now combining the best of the old media outlets into new formats on the web that present facts and data in writing with video and graphics to better communicate the information while improving availability of the data.

    What does this mean for the future of human cognition? We each need to develop a heuristic that produces validity and credibility; that is, if we care about such things. Second, we need to be able to be heard. Still in its infancy, online polling should be used to identify what users think and feel about the topics that are important to them. For this to work, identity and data validity are a vital part of creating useful information. Combining long term, data-driven assessments with shorter term measures of community understanding should create valuable information for marketers and public policy makers alike.

    For the long term, the web can serve a far greater purpose than entertainment and education. Remember those places, either nations or geographic regions, that don’t have easy access to the internet? If Web 2.0 is worth anything, it will produce communities that generate solutions for those in the world who have greater obstacles to overcome on the road to greater well-being.

    The web was founded as a way for scientist to share information and more quickly advance their research. This year, CERN, the organization that fostered the growth of the internet, will begin experiments with the Large Hadron Collider. At the heart of the effort is the world’s largest scientific data sharing network, which can average a data transfer rate of 600 megabytes per second. In the future, what will be the proportion of content creation devoted to entertainment in relation to more worthwhile pursuits?

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