Wikipedia – the #1 website all teachers hate

The Internet has been a part of my entire life. I may not have appreciated it when I was young, but as I grew up and examined the world from a screen, I realize I lived a privileged life. Having access to the Internet, especially Web 2.0, gave me the opportunity to read numerous blogs and websites filled with information. One website in particular, Wikipedia, impacted my educational life for the better and worse.

I remember attending middle school, hearing several teachers lecture my class about how Wikipedia was not a credible source. We all complained and demanded a reason, because anyone who had visited the site would understand how grand of a source this website/encyclopedia was. I, with my fellow classmates, learned that anyone could edit the Wiki articles. Rules have changed throughout the years about who can gain access to edit articles, etc; but it still was a fantastic website to learn about new information.

Whether it’s electric eels or the history of the Democratic party, Wikipedia can bring a wide variety of knowledge to anyone who accesses it. I still look forward to visiting this website when I plan on learning about a new topic. A tip for some skeptical users is to analyze an topic in a Wikipedia article and visit the source to see if it is reliable (sources for different points in Wikipedia articles are in the form of footnotes).

Web 2.0 and me

Nowadays, it is so convenient for us to post photos and texts on social media such as Snapchat and Facebook or Twitter. We can upload the videos we made to YouTube, we can play online games with friends, also we can hand in our assignments through the internet. But those things listed above are not imaginable in the age on Web 1.0, when the World Wide Web  just invented by Tim Berners-Lee.

The most remarkable difference between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 is that most Web 2.0 sites allow users to interact and collaborate with each other in a social media dialogue as creators of user-generated content in a virtual community. But in the Web 1.0 era, people usually limited to viewing the websites passively. For example, we can edit the Wikipedia to fix up the mistakes we found , but we were not able to do the in the Web 1.0 era. Another big change between the two eras is that Web 2.0 break the barrier between devices. In the age of Web 1.0, it is impossible to use the internet on  cellphones or iPad. People have to sit at the table, face to the huge computer to use the internet. However, in the Web 2.0 era, no only on the computer, also we are able to approach the internet even on a calculator. From those aspects, the changes between the two eras are significant.

Although I’m already get used to the Web currently, sometimes I’m still astonished by the Web, the miracle made by human. It is so amazing that the Web connect the whole society in a virtual way. But when I was a kid, the Web 2.0 were not published yet, I can only watch the videos uploaded by the administrators of the website yet I cannot upload my videos. I was imagine that time, what if I can post my own video online? Will there be many people watch my video and rate or like them? Nowadays, the dream came true, I can put my video on many websites, although there are not many people watch them, the dream still represent the changes between two eras.

Hello, I Am A Millennial

In every sense, I am that horrid, entitled millennial that cannot seem to get enough bashing in countless blog posts and news articles by Baby Boomers and Generation X . The only World Wide Web I grew up with was Web 2.0. When Facebook was in the workings, I was on barbie.com having the time of my life roleplaying as Barbie so Ken was my boyfriend and choosing more stylish clothes that my friends Stacie, PJ, and Steffie could wear. As the popularity of Facebook grew, I was regularly chatting with my friends from the first day of middle school and even used the platform to help me find my current college roommate. The Web has always foremost been a place for my socialization and connection with friends, family, and strangers all over the world.

While my older relatives and teachers believe I should feel ashamed about how much time I spend on Web, whether I am on my computer or smartphone, I am not. I can wholeheartedly say even when I am wasting time on my computer, I am making progress in activities a lot may deem useless and counter to popular belief, actually making the most of my valuable time. If I got a dollar every time my parents told me how unreliable the trending news from Facebook and Twitter, I would have a much easier time paying the 1,120 percentage rate college tuition rate increase from 1978 as reported by Bloomberg http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2012-08-15/cost-of-college-degree-in-u-s-soars-12-fold-chart-of-the-day. Well-respected news corporations like the The New York Times and CNN, for example have not reported every death of Black Americans unlawfully shot by police officers and violent hate crimes committed against trans people and Muslim Americans; I had to find this information via Facebook and Twitter. Corporate America does not care about them so they got tired of broadcasting it the first time around.

Adults can make fun of millennials all they want as long as they stop embarrassingly incorporate and stop culturally appropriating Black culture. http://internet.gawker.com/corporations-sad-attempts-at-using-memes-death-is-too-1681457284

 

Web 2.0

Web 2.0 is a major upgrade from Web 1.0. There wasn’t so much going on in Web 1.0: intereactions were limited between the users and sites. For example, most of the time, people are only able to read things on the web; they couldn’t post anything to express their opinions. Web 2.0, however, encourages the communication absent in Web 1.0. Web 2.0 brings people closer by giving them the ability to share information on the web so other people can view and even post their own responses and reactions.

Every day I take advantage of the features Web 2.0 has. For example, I use YouTube very frequently, which allows me to watch videos that other people on the Web share. Without YouTube, I would’ve missed out on so much knowledge. Even Facebook supplies me with information on a regular basis, especially the news. I also share information on the web. I have a couple piano videos up on YouTube, and people are free to like, unlike, or comment their opinions. On Facebook, I sometime post helpful links that my friends could use. Web 2.0 plays an essential role in connecting people in the community.

Web 2.0 for Century 21

Humans are, by nature, social animals. We have a desire to share and communicate; to be involved with our fellow man. This need drives humanity to continuously innovate and create new, quicker, and more efficient ways to pass information. From the dawn of written language, to the advent of the printing press, and the birth of the web, there is a constant flow towards technological progress. The trademark of each form of communication was, however, that information was spread by a minority of producers to a majority of consumers. This trend was tremendously upset by the arrival of Web 2.0. A tool for the modern age.

I personally cannot fathom what any digital interaction would be like without the Web 2.0, as it allows anyone to produce anything for everyone to see. Its a web of the peopleby the people, and for the people. The result of this is incredible efficient and quick communication and access to information. As a student myself, this is of extreme importance as all my coursework and nearly all my class resources are located on Sakai. Sakai is a program which relies on the existence of Web 2.0 to function. Even leisure sites such as YouTube need this platform to function. In my view, this is what makes Web 2.0 so vital. It represents a shift from a few creators to many receivers, to many creators and many receivers. This change in quantity makes the amount of information and the amount of social contact increase drastically.

Such an increase in connection is evident everywhere. Enter any business and you’re likely to see somewhere on display their Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter handles. These businesses are depending on the social media born through Web 2.0 to generate more awareness. Individuals use the same services to satisfy their need for interaction as well. News can be quickly and easily accessed online as well. This is not even limited to a computer with the prevalence of smartphones and tablets. Every day that goes by, more and more facets of life become connected shaping our world into one fit for the 21st century. Fit for a time when the many refuse to be dictated to by the few, where everyone has something to say. Web 2.0 provides that platform upon which they can speak.

My Life with Web 2.0

Life is hard to imagine without the web and internet. Specifically, Web 2.0 reinvented how humans, including myself, interact, communicate, and entertain themselves and each other. The idea of humans being able to communicate in a matter of seconds, or being able to read a breaking news segment from their cell phones using the internet, is beyond revolutionary. Though at times some people use the internet and Web 2.0 for destructive reasons, such as hacking and malware, the modern internet offers new and evolving ways to learn, create, and entertain. For myself, the internet is one of the most important resources for connection between friends and family, news, and entertainment. Web 2.0 allows for easy access to communication, especially with the more recent development and use of social media, and does so for many other teenagers. Though I and many others may take this connection for granted, I owe Web 2.0 a lot of responsibility for educating me updated with news and other people’s lives in the world.

As an 18 year old student, I cannot fully remember a life without Web 2.0. Though I mainly used the internet and Web 2.0 for online games, as I started to grow older, it meant so much more for myself and the ones around me. With the rise of social media, I was able to keep in contact with old friends, become friendlier with new friends, be updated on celebrity, musicians, or entertainers’ lives, and express myself through many different means. Like myself, many other teenagers use Web 2.0 for the same reasons, as well as many more because the web is so large with so many different options to explore. Though some may argue that the internet, cell phones, computers, and other technologic devices are making humans less social in person, humans are still able to interact with each other and develop more skills online. My family, friends, and many other strangers, rely on Web 2.0 to fulfill access to research, music (such as music streaming or YouTube), communication, creativity, and entertainment. It has made humans smarter, and even made some famous through creative expression on the internet. The internet and Web 2.0 has impacted me in more ways than none, as well as most people in the United States. Hopefully, Web 2.0 will continue to evolve into something that will make myself and many others even smarter, and help shape us into better humans.

Web 2.0, The World, and I

Ever since the beginning of the revolutionary idea “Web 2.0”, connection flourished. The internet was no longer one-sided when it came to communication. With Web 2.0, everyone can connect with each other and information spread quickly. Web 2.0 sparked connections between people thousand of miles away and brought people together in the matter of seconds. It is no surprise that as a 18 year old college student I frequently use the internet. I grew up with the internet. The internet has always been there for me whether it was to relax or cite for an essay. With Web 2.0, social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter connect people all around the world. They let people share ideas and make connections.

With Facebook I personally was able to branch out and explore the world from the small monitor in my room. I was able to join social groups, participate in events in high school, and of course, express my interests and hobbies. Although I never experienced it, Web 1.0 did not have these capabilities. Web 2.0 ushered in a new age of “crowd sourcing”. With crowd sourcing, everyone contributes in sharing and viewing of information. In many of my classes in high school we use Web 2.0 practically every time we access the internet. We had online dictionaries, website for automatic citation, thesauruses, etc. Overall, Web 2.0 made the world more efficient in terms of communication. Without Web 2.0 today, the very foundation of society would crumble since this giant world-like hard drive would disappear.

 

Our Web – Everyone’s Two Cents

Before Web 2.0, the vast majority of information available to the common person was that which had been disseminated to the masses by a select few. These few, these ‘information elite’ if you will, therefore had a huge, if indirect, influence on the way people thought and perceived the world around them – in other words, the few essentially dictated the worldview of the many. Now, to be fair, that puts a considerably more sinister spin to it than may be warranted by the reality of the situation. The information elite usually reached their position by virtue of their being  especially qualified in their respective fields, and the information that they passed down to everyone else was, therefore, most likely completely reasonable, and not delivered with any kind of malicious intent at all. But still, the fact remains that the flow of information, no matter how accurate and reasonable said information may or may not have been, was extremely narrow and controlled.

Then, of course, came Web 2.0, and everyone, everyone, got a say. The flow of information was no longer a narrow, controlled stream, but had become a surging river of data, with every user able to contribute their knowledge, their opinions, their views, their two cents. Information had ceased to reside solely in the hands of the information elite. It lived now in the hearts and minds of millions of users, carried through seas of wire to live forever in this vast repository of humanity we call the Internet. Information would never be the same.

So what has this done for us? Well, that’s a question with a lot of answers. Information is more available, certainly. Oceans of opinions and views, complementing and opposing each other as they twist and dance across the Web are available in all of their nuance to any who care to look for them. Knowledge is available in multitudes unparalleled in human history. We form communities of like-minded individuals to share our experiences and views with, and together create wholes mightier than any one of us. To the thinking of some, we have also corrupted the integrity of knowledge and discourse by taking the reins from those most qualified to handle such things and handing them to anyone with a keyboard, qualified or not, and there is possibly merit to such a view. But to me, all of this can be summed up in one idea:

This is the Web of all of us. It belongs to me, and it belongs to you, and it belongs to everyone else. There are parts of it that I love, parts of it that I hate, parts of it that I’ve never seen and parts of it that I’ve seen too much. But it’s all mine. It’s all yours. It’s ours.

And I don’t know about you, but I’m going to put in my two cents.

A Whole New Web

Web 2.0 has taken a significant role in the life of not just myself, but the majority of the population around me. Just the idea that the internet with giant computers that took minutes to load content and have now transformed to being able to use the Web within seconds in the palm of our hand is something often overlooked. I myself wasn’t very aware of the concept that there was a Web 1.0 before a Web 2.0, but once you think about the huge differences there have been since the birth of the Web to now, they are astonishing.

Something that most of us fail to appreciate is the easy access to the Web that we have now, as well as its benefits like being able to use a GPS to get wherever, finding places open for food and ordering it online at 1am, or even buying things online that’ll be delivered the next day. Web 2.0 is something that has been able to give us access to the internet easier than ever before, as well as creating new connections with people around the globe thanks to Social Media platforms. Some examples that have been important in my life include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, and many others. But it’s hard to imagine if these one day all disappeared because they provide each of us vast connections to the people we encounter.

All in all, what we have today in the Web2.0 is something we sometimes take for granted and don’t realize how big a role it has taken in our lives. But it is something that has truly given us, a Whole new Web.

Web 2.0, the wave of information

Web 2.0 has taken the world by storm ever since it was first created and has changed what we know about information gathering. Before, in order to understand something or find out what something means, one would have to read a book or research it themselves. But now, it has never been easier to learn about a topic that one previously knew nothing about with thousands of books, articles, and journals at the tip of your fingers. Things that appear to be common knowledge now, only became such a way because of the endless stream of information that is the internet.

I grew up when the internet was first becoming big so I was surrounded my it. From video games, to assignments from teachers it seemed almost uncommon for a person to not have a compbecome rare not to find someone with a way to access the internet around them. People alluter of some kind. With such a resource around it was almost strange for someone without a way to access the internet. People all over the world use the internet for business or pleasure, either way their is never a moment where the internet is not being used. It has become a way for everyone no matter who they are to connect and see the world the same way most see it, through a computer screen.