In my “Introduction to Journalism” class I learned that the Web 2.0 is an interactive medium with collaborative and interactive games as well as a user-created content. In the lecture we also called the Web 2.0 the read and write web.
First of all I would like to define what the term Web 2.0 means. Web 2.0 is a term that was made popular at a conference from at O’Reilly Media in 2004. This is not a new technology or a new form of the internet, but a label, which is used for a new phase of Web development. At which the exchange of information, the interaction and collaboration of the users are in the foreground.
One factor I am wondering about is, if Web 2.0 makes really everybody a journalist, because we are no longer passive, now we all can be active producers.
I am not sure if we can really call someone a journalist who is just twittering: “I am eating a chocolate” or blogging something about their crazy shopping day. I have to conception that as a journalist you should have creativity, interpersonal skills as well as awareness that you have a social and socio-political responsibility. Therefore I would say that really not everybody is a journalist.
“Joe Sixpax is as well a journalist as a miracle healer is a doctor!” Stephan Ruß-Mohl
Nevertheless everyone has a different understanding and definition of a journalist. For example according to the German Journalists´ Association a journalist is “full-time involved in the dissemination and publication of information, opinion and entertainment through mass media”. In Germany, any person can call herself a journalist even without an adequate training, because the job title “journalist” is legally not protected.
Another factor of the Web 2.0 is if we should talk about a “social media revolution”, because with the Web 2.0 we are the web.
And also according to the lectures YouTube video “Web 2.0 – The machine is us/ing us” we have to rethink a few things, like copyright, ethics, privacy, identity, love, family and even ourselves. I my opinion this are very good things that we should consider. One really important point I want to mention is copyright, because nowadays there are many young people who do not know that they are liable to prosecution if they are for example copy a whole Harry Potter book and post it on their blog. Often they do not know or even ignore that you must have legal consent to use another´s creative expression or “intellectual property”. But there are also exceptions of copyrighted material that can be used without the author´s permission. For example if credit to the source is given or if the work is for scholastic or research.
I have come to the conclusion that the Web 2.0 is really a “social media revolution” for all of us, maybe not all of us are journalist with the new Web 2.0, but I really agree that all of us have to rethink a few things regarding this new Web development, because “social media is about people”.