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)
Tags: we media, you media