it's a whole new (no, it isn't) essay topic.
so much I want to say on the subject of "the whole new internet," especially given all the hoo-haa, but it will have to wait until later this evening, once I finish one more project proposal. in the meantime, chew on this im conversation:
peter merholz: is there a difference between the whole new internet and web 2.0?
lane becker: umm
lane becker: i would say yes
lane becker: though there is significant overlap
lane becker: web 2.0 is about the technology
lane becker: the whole new internet is more about the people involved and what we're going to do with it
really, folks, it's not all about the money, but it fascinates me that that's what keeps getting read into it. so here's my surprisingly contrarian take: it's not about creators (programmers, web app developers, whomever) operating in isolation, and it's not about technology per se. it's about a series of technologies — their ramifications and their potentials — that are allowing developers, designers, and people who aren't either to co-create and co-adapt new ideas. it's about a new way of thinking about what web applications are and what they can be used for. it's about driving design downward into the hands of people who use the tools. and on top of all of this, it's about a community of practice returning to the fore after a couple of years in seclusion, to make it all happen.
it's about the people involved, and what we're going to do with it.
and, yes, it is also a little about the money and its return to the scene, and despite the concerns, that's not a bad thing, either. more on this shortly; gotta get to work.