Web 2.0 = Self Reliance
This week, I'm at O'Reilly's Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco. I was at the one last year too. Last year, I had only a vague notion of what "Web 2.0" meant to the folks in this industry. But inside the first 30 minutes of this year's conference, the meaning is clear. "Web 2.0" refers to precisely what I am writing about in this blog. At its core, this blog is about accepting personal responsibility. It's about embracing self-reliance. Sure, I'm predicting all manner of calamity about to befall America. But the key notion here is that what will bring us out of these dark days to come is self reliance. That is, reliance upon ourselves and our "local" communities. Of course "local" on the web loses its geographical meaning. But it still has coherence. More on this topic next.