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A day without the Internet. Sounds like a nightmare to me. I have a love affair with the Internet and Web 2.0.

Everyday I check my email, MSN for the news, and Facebook to see what my friends are up to. The Internet has become a part of my routine and to think of going without it is quite a scary thought.

To imagine the United States going a day, much less over a week, without the Internet would be chaos. People love the Internet so much that airlines are beginning to add wireless to their flights (for a price, of course). Without the Internet, many organizations and businesses would face major communication problems due to the lack of email, stock trade between other countries would be hindered, and for the average college student, instant messengers and Facebook would not be working at all. Scary. I know.

With the United States so dependant on the Internet, you would think the government might want to protect the location of the cables that provide us with the precious commodity that is the Internet but unfortunately for us, that is not the case. Just Google “Submarine Internet Cables” and up comes a map of the locations of all existing and future Internet cables worldwide. Sure hope the terrorists don’t know how to use Google.

Hopefully the United States never faces an Internet failure such as the one faced in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, and the nightmare of an America without Internet won’t come true.

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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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