Part of the reason that I started this blog. I want to see what it’s like to participate in this “global conversation” — or, more pessimistically, to be one of a million voices in the wind. This is web 2.0, and it’s causing a lot of fuss everywhere. In the education world, everyone’s a buzz with it. It’s the cool thing. I’m both excited and pessimistic. It’s great that it’s easier for everyone to get in on the conversations. On the other hand, not everyone has something interesting (or accurate) to say. It’s getting noisy out there.

Web 2.0 is, for those of you who haven’t heard the term, the idea that the web is moving away from static publishing and towards user-generated content and user participation. It encompasses personalization (My Yahoo!), social networking (Flickr), collaboration (Flickr,, wikis), mashups (google maps + craigs list = housing maps), etc.

Here’s a nice short video of what web 2.0 means anyway, focussing on the precedence of form over content in the current programming of web media and pages.

And here is a list of (Wikipedia!) entries which overlap with web 2.0

Web 2.0
User Generated Content
Social Bookmarking
Creative Commons
Citizen Journalism
Collaborative Networked Learning
Social Network
Reputation System
Wikipedia Policies