Web 2.0 for Designers : Comments
May 4, 2005
The notion of “Web 2.0” is interesting, as it’s the inversion of a model written in a book (1) published in 2002.
The difference arises from your future perspective, as opposed to the historical perspective taken by Meikle – the web existed in a pre-commerical state (that being version 1.0) and was used for collaboration (in an academic arena, especially) and shared discourse, prior to the proliferation of “e-commerce” and corporate use of the Internet in a closed manner. The book isn’t simply leftist — Amazon.com is cited as a version 2.0 idea that owes its success to its use of a version 1.0 model of open publishing (the ‘review’ system).
Now, of course, we are seeing the emergence of a new form of publishing and connectivity (as outlined in this article), hence the inversion of perspectives. It’s interesting that such a cycle appears to have occurred!
(1) – Meikle, G. (Edited by Wark, M.) Future Active: Media Activism and the Internet.