An Inspiring Look at Web 2.0

♫ is it possible
to be so confused
at this point
and its rational that its logical
there is no point in denying
give yourself a chance, you might like it

we must make connections
we must make connections
we must make connections
we must make connections… ♫

Lyrics and Music by Criteria (Steve Pedersen, Aaron Druery, A.J. Mogis, Mike Sweeney).

Web 2.0 is defined by Wikipedia as follows:

“The term “Web 2.0″ refers to a perceived second generation of web development and design, that aim to facilitate communication, secure information sharing, interoperability, and collaboration on the World Wide Web. Web 2.0 concepts have led to the development and evolution of web-based communities, hosted services, and applications; such as social-networking sites, video-sharing sites, wikis, blogs, and folksonomies.”

However, that definition, notwithstanding its attempt at comprehensiveness, falls a bit short in terms of expressing the depth of the impact of web 2.0 on all of us. Accordingly I was pleased to see this YouTube clip by Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University that communicates the impact of Web 2.0 in ways that text simply cannot:

This is one of those awe-inspiring clips that cause you to stop and just be amazed at how someone can be so creative. I urge you to give it a view – you might like it! Kindly pass it along – after all, we must make connections…

(hat tip to OlegR for drawing this to my attention on Twitter)

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Comments

  1. Well not to rain on a parade or a great video, but haven’t we been here before?

  2. Simon:

    *sigh* I guess I really liked the way it was done. For those of us that live web 2.0, it may be just entertaining. For those who don’t (yet) get Twitter, Wiki’s, blogs, collaboration, FaceBook, YouTube, SlideShare, JDSupra, LegalOnRamp etc., I think the point about connections is a good one. And, in my humble experience, one that most lawyers have not (yet) made.

    Cheers,

    Dave

  3. After the 2007 release of that video, Dr. Michael Wesch became quite famous. I still enjoy the video. Although not as applicable to law practice, his An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube was presented to the Library of Congress this past summer and is equally interesting, although not as artistic. Pour yourself a drink first as it is 55 min. in length.