I’m in two minds about “Web 2.0” right now. On the one hand extending the “social construction of knowledge” into the webosphere invites new opportunities to generate extraordinary economic returns through novel applications that extend current forms of media. On the other hand the apparent proliferation and accessibility of these new media could be their downfall.
Don’t get me wrong, I love having Google and Wikipedia at my fingertips, I’ve set up and managed virtual communities and I’ve done business with people and corporations via my computer.Â I’m also flattered that anyone would be remotely interested in my opinions but – how much ofÂ all of this isÂ useful knowledge? With the increasing disintermediation of media content, traditional checks and balances on appropriateness, importance and veracity are stripped away. I cannot be certain that anything I find on the Internet is truthful and I certainly cannot trust anyone online until I meet them in person and get to know them.
I’m not saying that these problems didn’t exist before, but I’m suggesting that the Internet multiplies the problem for us significantly. Are we being naive about where Web 2.0 is taking us?
[tags]Web 2.0, Internet, knowledge, virtual reality, online communities[/tags]