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The Web is Us(ing) Us.

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Have you ever asked yourself, “What exactly is the Web?” I know I have. My Information Systems professors have attempted to explain what the web is, quite frankly their “professional” definition of the web is no better than the one given on Wikipedia.

The World Wide Web (commonly shortened to the Web) is a system of interlinked hypertext documents accessed via the Internet. With a Web browser, a user views Web pages that may contain text, images, videos, and other multimedia and navigates between them using hyperlinks.

It doesn’t take someone with a Ph.D to write that, so I completely ignored their description of the web. After all, it doesn’t take a genius to know the Web is a collection of interlinked documents throughout the world.

So there I was, hungering for a better definition of the Web, hungering for something that would satisfy my intellectual hunger. With no time to waste I jumped at the research. Soon I discovered terms such as Web 1.0, Web 2.0, and Web 3.0. But my search ended in complete failure, I found myself no more knowledgeable than I was before I started my quest.

There I was, dumbed down, and disappointed in the failure of the Web to hand me a definition of itself. While going through depression (can you call playing Everyday Shooter depression?) I remembered a very random saying, “When in the deepest depths of darkness one only has to look for a small glimmer of light to find the way to glory.” Believe or not that’s what happened. I was surfing Digg and I found a posted link to an article about Web 3.0.

I clicked, I waited, I rejoiced.

The article had an embedded video, which attacked the question of Web 2.0 from a completely new angle. I watched quietly, even my dog sat without barking a single time (quite amazing if you’ve ever met my dog.) With the ending of the video my hunger for more knowledge ended as well. I had finally succeeded in acquiring more knowledge on the Web.

To share my success I have decided to supply you with the link to the full article about Web 3.0, I have also posted the YouTube video for your benefit.

Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us

Enjoy my fellow tenants of the web.

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Written by Samir Banjanovic

May 10, 2008 at 1:40 am

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