Simple Girl In A Complex Technological World

Plays Well With Others

Posted on: September 19, 2008

I love Web 2.0. There, I said it. Does it make me selfish and shallow to say so? According to Andrew Keen, yes. According to David Weinberger, no.

David Weinberger, author of Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Order, heavily discusses the Web site Wikipedia and the process of individuals contributing to make an article more credible and truthful. He has a positive attitude towards this technology and I agree with him, although I do have some minor reservations about Wikipedia.

In Weinberger’s book, Phillip Bradley, a librarian and internet consultant, was quoted as saying that Wikipedia is “a lovely idea,” but “I wouldn’t use it, and I’m not aware of a single librarian who would.”

I’ve used Wikipedia multiple times throughout my school career, but if I did use it, I sometimes double checked the information with other credible sources online. It’s not that I have trust issues with Wikipedia, I just wanna make sure my facts are right. I find it unfortunate that this librarian Bradley refuses to use Wikipedia because it is a good resource and a prime example of the positives coming out of Web 2.0.

David Weinberger and I have many of the same views regarding Web 2.0. We both see it as a conversation and a very much social and personalized thing. As long as a user “plays well with others,” and most do, then things run smoothly and everyone is able to get more information.

Andrew Keen thinks everyone is an amateur who has no business contributing to things like Wikipedia without proper training.

Sorry Keen, I’m with Weinberger on this one and I’ll say it again, I love Web 2.0 and Wikipedia.

Stewie loves Web 2.0 as much as me

Stewie loves Web 2.0 as much as me

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