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Zeldman wants us to believe that the ever nebulous Web 2.0 is a bubble defined only by AJAX and Ruby on Rails. His argument rests on whim and an encounter with some loud suit who attended Web 2.0. To Zeldman, one pontificating audience member at a Google debate in New York is enough to prove that Web 2.0 is nothing more than a puff of fad to be disposed with. The sentiment is common.
Needless to say, I disagree with most of his ideas. To say that Web 2.0 is defined by any one technology is to miss the point entirely. Web 2.0 isn’t about LAMP or even open source. It is a general approach to interaction, application design, ideas of community and participation; such ideas can be implemented on any platform be it Java, Ruby of Rails, or .NET. I also get the sense that the media’s mistranslation of words like “blogger” are an affront to his superior technical sensibilities. After reading this piece, you get the sense that “Web 2.0″ is like an underground punk band gone from small, bohemian stages to solid gold, and “the uninformed” are ruining everything just like they did with “Web 1.0″.
What? too hip for “Web 2.0″?
Are you too hip for “Web 2.0″?