Reading Response 5 -Madison Gobbi

  1. In this chapter from Lovink’s book Networks Without A Cause, he outlines the dynamic shift in social interaction online in the move from Web 1.0 to 2.0 that relies on “user generated content”. What do you envision Web 3.0 to be and what is the next level of user empowerment?

I can’t imagine what Web 3.0 would be like. Based on the drastic changes that have occurred in the passed couple decades thus far, it seems to me like we will just keep on improving the current web, instead of completely revolutionizing Web 2.0. I’m hoping that in time some changes that may present themselves will be entered on some sort of filter or organization of information. The majority of the online population has at least one opinion on every topic, and with the freedom the internet gives to its users, everyone feels they have a voice. With all these voices shouting at each other in different times and ways, its hard to keep track of all the rapidly changing data, information and opinions.n Users already feel empowered, hiding behind their anonymity, so I can’t even begin to imagine the next level.

         2. Throughout the article, Lovink argues for a form of criticism that is specific to the Internet—one that looks at theories about culture and society through the lens of networked technologies. Do you also believe that this is necessary to study as we move forward? Why or why not?

I agree with Lovink’s argument to have a form of criticism that is specific to the Internet. Seeing as it has become an integral part of our daily lives in today’s society, I believe it is only appropriate to learn a form of language and criticism that is directly relevant to the web. It would be interesting for the internet to have its own universal language, just like coding has it’s respective languages like html and javascript. Because the internet is becoming more and more popular, it’s starting to become its own sort of culture and society, and just like other theories we may study in science and philosophy, having a form of criticism that is specific may benefit those who are new to the web or who want a deeper knowledge of this newly developing and always growing society.

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