Does Web 3.0 follow Web 2.0? Deconstructing theoretical Assumptions through Practice

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract Current internet research has been influenced by application developers and computer engineers who see the development of the Web as being divided into three different stages: Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0. This article will argue that this understanding – although important when analysing the political economy of the Web – can have serious limitations when applied to everyday contexts and the lived experience of technologies. Drawing from the context of the Italian student movement, we show that the division between Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 is often deconstructed by activists’ media practices. Therefore, we highlight the importance of developing an approach that – by focusing on practice – draws attention to the interplay between Web platforms rather than their transition. This approach, we believe, is essential to the understanding of the complex relationship between Web developments, human negotiations and everyday social contexts.
Authors Barassi, Veronica & Treré, Emiliano
Journal or Publication Title New Media and Society
Language English
Keywords alternative media, Anomalous Wave, media practice, social media, social movements, Web 2.0, Web 3.0
Subjects computer science
social sciences
cultural studies
political science
Refereed Yes
Date 2012
Publisher Sage
Volume 14
Number 8
Page Range 1269-1285
ISSN 1461-4448
Publisher DOI
Official URL
Depositing User Prof. Ph.D Veronica Barassi
Date Deposited 17 Dec 2020 16:30
Last Modified 17 Dec 2020 16:30


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Barassi, Veronica & Treré, Emiliano (2012) Does Web 3.0 follow Web 2.0? Deconstructing theoretical Assumptions through Practice. New Media and Society, 14 (8). 1269-1285. ISSN 1461-4448

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