Wednesday

Daily life 2.0?

Despite the bare-faced denial of the evidence in support of evolution by the more radical American right, to the rest of us evolution is not only history but something that we are dealing with every day. We have the capacity to learn and adapt to our environment, but when that environment is man-made we can take control and make it change. Take the way in which the web has grown and adapted to suit its users over the past decade. In response to the way in which it's users have developed in terms of skill and the technology they are using, the web's creators have changed/are changing the way in which the web (a fluid entity) is created to give us what we are starting to call the Web 2.0.

New Millennium PR's Andrea Weckerle makes an interesting point when she quotes Sarah Houghton's suggestion that libraries go version 2.0, in response to bad publicity and a generation of visitors with a different set of, web influenced, expectations.

The music industry is another example. Facing massive losses in revenue from legal and illegal downloading of mp3s and web-based retailers, traditional music stores are having to find new ways to stay in business. Cutting prices on CDs and DVDs is a long overdue move in an industry which has long been making huge profits on CDs and DVDs. But cost-cutting is not a viable long-term strategy. In the same way that Libraries must adapt the services they provide music stores will need to evolve with their customers' needs and expectations.


Both examples share a common catalyst. The influence of the web is being felt in further reaching spheres than just the online world. Its pervasive influence is changing the way we live and work on a daily basis. Prepare to see more version 2.0s


EDIT - 2 hours after I posted this I came accross a mention of books 2.0 on the Guardian's Culture Vulture blog (scroll down a fair way to find rm's comment)

2 Comments:

Blogger Robert A. Swipe said...

Re: Zembla.

I don't think I've ever seen a print version anywhere. I came across them online when I was trying to hawk some of my humorous/pornographic short stories and they accepted email submissions (a rare kindness to the struggling prospective writer in the fusty old world of publishing). I still haven't heard back from them so I'm assuming that they didn't like what I sent them...(expect a bitter Swipe show Zembla parody one day...if we can ever find a copy of the dang thing to base the spoof on...)

Still, fortunately I wasn't disheartened and have found innumerable other ways besides the medium of print through which to piss people off via the high tech wonder that is the world web thingy...


Good luck with the search and if you do come across the Waits issue, feel free to photograph it and mail me the j-pegs (serves you right Zembla for rejecting my masterpiece....)

Love on ya,


Bob

7:17 pm  
Blogger LibraryThing said...

You should check out my site LibraryThing.com. Douban is a Chinese-language site. They did an English knock-off, Beantal.com that doesn't do much and has seen virtually no traffic (Alexa can't even measure it now). By contrast, LibraryThing has really caught hold, with 20,000 users and 1.3 million books cataloged in four months. LibraryThing is also distinguished for Beantal and some other minor players by going past Amazon to query 30 major libraries around the world.

Let me know what you think...
Tim

9:33 pm  

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