David Warlick in a recent post talks about the Web 2.0 and what he sees as the important aspects.
- Content is Conversation
- Content is organizing itself
- People are connect to each other through their content
Millions of people are talking now, and they are talking in such a way (blogs, wikis, and podcasting) that the world is potentially their audience. This is important, I believe, because in a time of rapid change, the answer to brand new questions may not come from someone who got their PHD ten years ago. It may just come from something, that somebody said, yesterday.
Well this is a rather melodramatic statement, meant to start a conversation about how the way that information flows is largely resulting from the behavior of its readers. Aggregators, mashups, blog linkings, and other more esoteric techniques are causing us to reshape the information environment on a global and on a personal level.
This one has had a personal impact on me, as I have made new friends through the comments and blog-passing of people who react to my ideas. Far more important is the fact that through these exchanges, I have learned. My ideas have been challenged and they have grown, as have I.
It is essential that we help students become thoughtful contributors to the web - and equally important that we help them become thoughtful consummers of what is available.
Categories: Web2.0, blogs