Online Collaboration and Web 2.0

W. Hall Harris III's picture

I just came across this article, "We Are the Web," by Kevin Kelly of Wired Magazine. It's about 2.5 years old now, but it's a great history of where the Web has come from and where it's headed. In case you have not seen it before here's the link:

I found it mentioned indirectly in a presentation by Michael Wesch, an Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State who's exploring the impacts of new media on human interaction. Thanks to Dave Austin who sent a link to one of Wesch's online videos, which provoked me to run down some of his other work. Here's a bio of Wesch:

The thing Kelly is describing may be the real Web 2.0. Ultimately this will affect not just how we teach and how we think, but how we do almost everything -- the biggest collaborative project in the history of the planet.


The Kevin Kelly 2005 article is a good one, but the ending makes me think he places a lot of weight on the Matrix as a prognosticator of the future of the web.