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Definition (from wikipedia) in a nutshell:

The term "Web 2.0" (2004–present) is commonly associated with web applications that facilitate interactive information sharing, interoperability, user-centered design, and collaboration on the World Wide Web. Examples of Web 2.0 include web-based communities, hosted services, web applications, social-networking sites, video-sharing sites, wikis, blogs, mashups, and folksonomies.  A Web 2.0 site allows its users to interact with other users or to change website content, in contrast to non-interactive websites where users are limited to the passive viewing of information that is provided to them.  

Essentially, Web 2.0 is not a sequel to the web, just a new attitutude to using the web.  The video below gives a four minute illustration of what is meant by web 2.0:


So what's Media Studies 2.0?

David Guantlett, who is a reader in Media Studies, recently categorised this term, read the full article here.  Summary points below:

  • There is a leaning towards disregarding old theorists in favour of more relevant/contemporary examination of media texts
  • Mash-ups now form the replacement of classic texts
  • Diversion from examining Western dominated media texts
  • The Web/Internet is fundamental to subject study
  • Students enter the course already media literate
  • A replacement of conventional research methods
  • Awareness is given to the media industries competitive nature besides government & organisation, eg. Google vs China, Fox vs Obama, News International vs Labour)


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