The Web is dead, long live the webs

In response to N.J. Smythe’s insightful commentary: If The Web is Really Dead, What Have We Lost?

As healthy people and societies evolve, they approach new experiences and then integrate them into a more expanded structure. I believe this applies to the evolution of technologies and media, too.

In television, we may have 500 channels, but several programs are still water-cooler experiences, albeit of a higher-common-denominator than the top 10 of 1970. The same goes for magazines. Just as diversity divides without common ground and unity becomes uniformity without multiple perspectives, so, too, will new online ecosystems — open and proprietary — facilitate the very experiences we need as humans. Continue reading “The Web is dead, long live the webs”

The Social Web in Higher Education

“Jay Collier, associate director for Dartmouth Computing Services and leader of Dartmouth’s Web Services group, has a personal Web page so compelling that we’re purposely saying nothing more in a bio about him, hoping that will incentivize you to click to it. I hope you’ll also click on Yours, Mine and Ours, a review of how the new tools of the social Web can be applied to an academic institution.” Continue reading “The Social Web in Higher Education”

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