I can’t believe it’s our last post for the project; it seems like hardly any time since we started. ^^;
Before I get into a wrap-up, I’d like to point to a new gaming journal I started at Dreamwidth, which is a fledgling web blog/journal service started by a former member of the Livejournal support team and utilizing the Livejournal code that prides itself on ‘Open Source, Open Expression, Open Operations’. Of course, there have been many Livejournal knockoffs past and present, but I know something of the person who’s running the site, and it doesn’t look or feel like a Livejournal knockoff — at the moment, it looks/feels better than Livejournal, IMO. It’s still in beta right now, but I have high hopes for it.
I’d also like to link the Susan Boyle on Britain’s Got Talent video that was linked to me by my Livejournal friendslist. I hear that it’s been overhyped in the media lately, which is a shame, because it seems like it will hinder her more than it will help? But I don’t watch TV, and I would probably never have caught it if not for Youtube — and even if I saw it on the news, we’re just so conditioned nowadays to distrust the media that I’m not sure it would have touched me the way it did.
So! 2.0 wrap-up: Since the beginning of the project, I’ve gotten somewhat into Twitter, revisted my old Flickr site, done some other things I probably would not have done if left to my own devices, such as listening to podcasts or creating my own search engine, and learned about Library 2.0. I have also, of course, continued to make use of weblogs and Google docs and Youtube and all the other applications that were already deeply ingrained in my life.
I love the convenience of these services, how cheap and easy they make it to do things that twenty years ago were in the purview of a lucky few. As capitalism pushes us more and more towards a reality of huge, greedy corporations and conglomerates, it’s a way to ensure that the voice of the individual is not smothered. The #amazonfail event last week aptly illustrates this — rich as you may be, powerful as you may be, the world is watching, and it’s gossiping amongst itself.
I really do believe that 2.0 and the Internet itself are powerful weapons that will ultimately prove to be a great boon to society — a compilation of human knowledge, imperfect and at times dangerous, to be sure, but so is humanity itself, after all. They are tools, and tools are only reflections of those who wield them. The potential for greatness is there, but will not materialize on its own; it’s up to the users — to all of us — to see that it is achieved.