Curry 2.0

I’m in the middle of reading and reviewing two books on the web 2.0 world: Don Tapscott’s Grown up Digital, about the net generation and Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom(Fraser and Dutta), which focuses on social media. At the same time, I’m experimenting with Twitter (and finding it a little less exciting than Stephanie Sullivan who recently accepted Greg Rewis’ proposal of marriage over the medium).

And next week I’m meeting up with someone I haven’t seen in over 20 years, thanks to Facebook. We’d lost touch, but he got in touch, from Moscow, and the result is a curry with him in London on Monday night.

All the books and buzz around web 2.0 want us to believe that everything is changing fundamentally as a result of interactive technology in general and online social networking in particular, but I’m less sure.

It’s important, of course, but to say web 2.0 is fundamentally altering the way the world works is to underestimate so much that we take for granted. Why would I meet up with my old mate for a curry? It’s not because of Facebook. That was just a tool that put us back in touch, and true social interaction is a lot more complex than simply being in touch.

More distilled thoughts after Christmas when the reviews come out.

5 responses to “Curry 2.0

  1. The best way to think about 2.0 is like the telephone – our lives are extended into a virtual world. We have bigger lives that also become easier and faster.

    And the opposite applies too. The virtual world extends back into what is called inelegantly, the meatspace world, and changes it.

    So just as the telephone allows a relatively poor person to summon an ambulance as easily as a rich person, easier access to connections changes the structure of a community.

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  3. Jo, thanks for your response. I must say that I like your web site tag: Facilitating Critical Thinking, Amiably. I’m not done with this topic, so further amiable thoughts will be welcome in future (although I may transfer this thread to a different blog).

    I don’t think that in what I’ve written here I have, in your words “expressed his doubt that 2.0 contributes anything different, better, or durable.” On the contrary, web 2.0 is certainly different, can be better, and we are only at the beginning of a raft of changes.

    My key thought is that web 2.0 is not “fundamentally altering the way the world works”, which is rather different.

    I didn’t really explain my thinking fully, which I will probably do in a new post in the New Year, but the key part of it is this: People’s relationships are still driven in the same way as they always were. Web 2.0 provides new ways of interacting, but doesn’t alter those drivers.

  4. I think the buzz around web 2.0 is still in the invitation/advertising stage. In higher ed, I do not see it fully implemented, and so it must be even less so in the real world of working people. If, indeed, it will change the way the world works, that is the ghost of christmas yet to come. Talk about web 3.0 all we want, we’re still spreading the word about 2.0.

  5. It is true that people’s relationships are still driven the same way as they were, but the possibilities of interacting with those who can impact your professional and personal life has increased dramatically. If no direct interaction is involved, still there is a lot of sharing happening in all overlapping spheres of existence.

    For some people these very mediums of interactions might be crucial. There are over stressed people who are good workers but are introverts or are lonely. As humans need companionship, the social networking sites are filling in this increasing void that is being created as a result of fast lives and complex inter personal relations. I feel this is one way how web 2.0 has altered lives. Professionally, it is stating the obvious but at more subtler levels it has saved many from depression and even enhanced the quality of lives. Thanks for this enlightening post. Wishing you a happy and prosperous new year.

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