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2.0 : Our Power Is In The Web

The new frontier of the www, Web 2.0, is the fastest growing innovation that is continuously exposing me to different spheres and new forms of interactive experiences. As I interact with the evolving and dynamic nature of Web 2.0, I have learnt that I cannot know what to expect tomorrow. This element of surprise creates feelings of eager excitement as I wake up every day to a new world of rich and thrilling experiences.

Web 2.0 is a digital platform that challenges physical borders and boundaries. Today, instantaneous communications and real time dissemination of information is transforming the world into a smaller, flatter and faster one. Through video, audio and other interactive digital tools, I can now create virtual presences and proximities to connect with the rest of the world like never before. When I can bridge the distance of space and the gap of time with such ease of manner, it is the beginning of personal power to change the world.

This second generation web has been significantly transformed from the traditional one-way www where I could only be a passive participant. Whereas before, web content was created by select professionals, the content of Web 2.0 is now primarily dependent on the creation, contribution and collaboration of common users like me who can use the read/write tools and capabilities of today’s www. A user-driven web which allows for two-way interaction can offer to me the individual power of unparalleled learning opportunities and unlimited intellectual creativity.

Web 2.0 allows me to easily find like-minded peers who share the same talents, passions, interests and pursuits. I can also connect with others who are entirely opposite-minded of me. Through interacting, communicating, sharing, collaborating and exchanging information, I am exposed to thoughts, actions, sights and sounds which I was never aware of before. By joining online communities and social networks, I can feel group empowerment as I am brought closer to others in order to share and celebrate our solidarity.

With the revolutionary way that worldwide interconnectedness and interaction is widening, deepening and speeding up, I cannot even begin to imagine the solutions that Web 2.0 can bring to the global women’s empowerment movement. This is because there will be limitless, seamless and timeless possibilities and opportunities to be created, founded and utilised by women via Web 2.0.

The first step to take is to allow and educate all women to use the technological tools of Web 2.0. By doing so, we are lending them a voice in order that they can share with others their stories and tell of the risks, realities and rewards of their powerful journeys. When every woman starts to have her own voice, immense power has shifted into the hands of any woman all over the world.

Comments

Hi Zha Zha~

Thank you for a well articulated essay on the power of the web, quite exciting!

I love to hear a little about you and your personal experiences using the web and social media, has it made a significant difference? I appreciate your statement, "When every woman starts to have her own voice, immense power has shifted into the hands of any woman all over the world." I get a sense you would be an excellent teacher to help train and bridge the gap of technology for women marginalized in various communities.

I look forward to hearing your stories Zha Zha!

With Gratitude,

Linda M. Ando

Lisa T's picture

Hello

Dear zha zha,

Thank you for sharing your story. I enjoyed reading your descriptions of how Web 2.0 can empower you and others. I especially like the line, "This is because there will be limitless, seamless and timeless possibilities and opportunities to be created, founded and utilised by women via Web 2.0." I also think it's wonderful that you acknowledge the importance of educating others on how to use Web 2.0 tools!

Best wishes,
Lisa

CourtneyPaige's picture

Web 2.0

Dear Zha Zha,

Thanks very much for sharing this powerfully written essay on the potential of Web 2.0. It is lovely to read, and both your energy on the topic, and your belief in the transformative power of Web 2.0 are palpable. I would love to learn more about your personal journey, and how you situate yourself within this context of Web 2.0. One component of your essay that I particularly appreciated was your observation: "instantaneous communications and real time dissemination of information is transforming the world into a smaller, flatter and faster one." This is an important note, and very well-put.

Thank you again for sharing, and I look forward to reading more in the future!

Kind regards,

Courtney

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Thank You

Thank you Linda, Lisa, Courtney for all your kind words of encouragement. I am so motivated to try harder in the following weeks to come.

Bless,

Zha Zha

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