Web 2.0 (a.k.a. the way forward)

I wanted to share this video from my Online Journalism lecture today, because it’s a great demonstration of how to get thinking about different ways of using the web. It’s by Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University and this is his blog.

Until fairly recently, most newspapers saw the web as somewhere to upload articles that had already appeared in print… and not much else. So what we got was essentially the print product on a screen.

Now, that’s all changing. There is a much greater realisation (though it’s by no means universal) of the additional possibilities offered by the web. This ranges from multimedia journalism – using video, audio, interactive and any other tools that are simply not available on paper – to mashups, user-generated content, collaboration and anything else you can think of.

This video sets out potential uses for the web, and some traditional concepts that we’ll need to rethink. Those are some of the main issues discussed on this blog, but for now, sit back, watch, and be inspired.

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