The world according to Google

As someone who teaches ‘Web’ and has been online since 1995 I’ve seen most of the major developments in the Web and the Internet, from the drab days of Netscape grey and Compuserve through to ‘the world according to Google’. I’ve always had  a pretty strong idea of what I thought ‘Web 2.0’ to mean, and the article What is Web 2.0 hasn’t really altered my opinion. I’ve always understood Web 1.0 to be the consumer web, where organisations and technical people created content for others to consume. The (r)evolution to Web 2.0 happened when it became possible for those who were web consumers to create and share their own content easily. The web evolved from that point into a web which now offers non-technical people the ability to create mashups of various systems and services that can in turn compete with services offered commercially. Web 2.o is about removing the barriers and enabling people to work, to create and to share as easily online as off, and to communicate with a vast audience.

In terms of digital storytelling, Web 2.0 has offered us storytelling tools and access to the aforementioned vast audience. Creative Commons has enabled the retelling of our stories by others, with embellishments and changes along the way. Sometimes the changes will be intentional, sometimes accidental and sometimes because a different media has been used to re-tell the story. It’s like a giant game of Chinese Whispers where through constant retelling the message may be lost, translated or even amplified by each successive storyteller. Isn’t that what we’re doing for assignment 3? Taking a bunch of images, each with their own story, then translating those stories into our own story that’s ready to be passed on to the next generation of storytellers.

It seems that doesn’t support embedding very well.
Self-hosted WordPress blogs can embed media from other sites, but not those hosted on This is such a pain, however it highlights that even though there are many web services and apps, there’s a lack of standards for interoperability. For advice on what can be embedded on, check the WordPress support pages.

Here’s a link to my PhotoPeach Slideshow entitled ‘Web Revolution’.

Image courtesy of jacobms (Flickr)

All images used in the slideshow were obtained from Flickr and have been licensed under Creative Commons.

Images from Flickr  attributed to jacobms, ntr23, Kenn Wilson, cote, Andre Charland, Joi, DJ tronick, poolie, liewcf, Octavio Rojas, Bruno Abreu, Adriano Gasparri, juque, danny sullivan


About colinmaxwell

Creative Industries lecturer. Photographer, designer, game developer, film maker. Scotland.
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