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What was web 2.0? Versions as the dominant mode of internet history

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posted on 2013-03-01, 00:00 authored by Matthew Allen
This paper explores Web 2.0 as the marker of a discourse about the nature and purpose of the internet in the recent past. It focuses on how Web 2.0 introduced to our thinking about the internet a discourse of versions. Such a discourse enables the telling of a ‘history’ of the internet which involves a complex interweaving of past, present and future, as represented by the additional versions which the introduction of Web 2.0 enabled. The paper concludes that the discourse of versions embodied in Web 2.0 obscures as much as it reveals, and suggests a new project based on investigations of the everyday memories of the internet by which individual users create their own histories of online technology.

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Journal

New media and society

Volume

15

Issue

2

Pagination

260 - 275

Publisher

Sage Publications

Location

London, England

ISSN

1461-4448

eISSN

1461-7315

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

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