Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Web 2.0 and its Discontents

If Bill's post below interests you, as it does me, I would highly recommend a debate between David Weinberger and Andrew Keen, author of The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet is Killing Our Culture, that appeared in the July 18th issue of the Wall Street Journal.
While I tend to fall on the side of Mr. Weinberger, I think Mr. Keen brings up salient issues that we, especially as librarians, must not only be aware of, but understand as information professionals. But truly, the issues presented in this fascinating debate entangle us all.
Check it out for yourself and while you're at it, explore other books we have in the library about the Web 2.0 phenomenon.
Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual, by Rick Levine
Citizen Marketers: When People are the Message, by Ben McConnell and Jackie Huba
An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths, by Glenn Reynolds
Shaping the Network Society: The New Role of Civil Society in Cyberspace, by Douglas Schuler and Peter Day

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