Other side of the coin: Web 2.0


In all the excitement and rapture of Web 2.0 and the interesting qualities of Open Source and Pro-amateurs we need to take one step backwards and look at these issues with critical eyes.

I had just read some stuff about technological singularity, how the web might “awake” and perish us all. This is the least interesting stuff about singularity: the most interesting parts include the data about exponential growth of complexity in our society, which is useful to understand that we need to change the way we learn and connect information in our daily lives.

I among others tend to push Web 2.0, wikipedia and blogosphere everywhere I go as something that is more worth than what it really is. I’m interested in all of this and for a reason. I learn every day new things because there is so much innovation going on.

But look at Nicholas Carr’s “The amorality of Web 2.0″ and wake up for a moment. This might be a step backwards in terms of culture if things go horribly wrong. There is religious-like qualities in the way people worship technology in these exciting days. So…

…let’s can the millenialist rhetoric and see the thing for what it is, not what we wish it would be.

[: UPDATE :]

Excellent criticisms criticism by Evelyn Rodriguez. We should not forget that professionalism comes from somewhere. Amateurism is defined as having love and passion to what ever the amateur is doing. The result might be as professional as professional can be. Silicon Valley is full of amateurs. Today, we need no formal degree to be higher in the intellect, the world of higher self-education is in our finger tips.

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  • http://coworking.com Gerrit

    Teemu, back in Holland I checked your site. It was a pleasure meeting you during lunch on OpenMind 2005 at Tampere-Hall.

    During my stay in Tampere I could hardly find a person who was familiar with Smartmobs. Your knowledge of Smartmobs and the Social Web was a nice closing of this trip to Finland.

    Your blogrol showed that we do have alot of interest in common and read almost the same blogs.