Sunday, January 20, 2008

Week 2 Blog

Now, I'd like you to respond. What do you think the title of the video means? How does Web 2.0 affect someone who is ready to enter the workforce? How does it affect people who are already in the workforce? What do you think it means when it says that we will have to rethink everything?

The title of the video, The Machine is Us/ing Us, is interesting because it suggests that we and computers are becoming inseparable. Talking to my parents, I have heard them describe computers when they were in college, when they used punch cards. Information was highly restricted and hard to use. Now, I believe you would be hard pressed to find an office or home without a single computer. Web 2.0 itself affects those entering the workforce because information is readily available. Every picture posted on the web can be found, ever link visited can be monitored. It can be both good and bad. The same idea applies with those already in the workforce. Everything is monitored and can be found so one has to be very careful when posting anything to the web. We will have to rethink everything because of these ideas. A right to privacy is becoming a blurred right at best. Is information on the internet private in any sense? Not just in a negative way though, rethinking will have to be done in the ways people interact. A great example is the use of YouTube videos in the presidential debates. Questions posted by users have been used in the debates giving the question a more personal quality. As always, the future will be interesting.

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