OK. I guess we all were – at least those who are Web 2.0 participants – which includes commenting on blogs (**hint hint**), even if you don’t have one of your own. From the article:
It’s a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before. It’s about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people’s network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It’s about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes.
The tool that makes this possible is the World Wide Web. Not the Web that Tim Berners-Lee hacked together (15 years ago, according to Wikipedia) as a way for scientists to share research. It’s not even the overhyped dotcom Web of the late 1990s. The new Web is a very different thing. It’s a tool for bringing together the small contributions of millions of people and making them matter. Silicon Valley consultants call it Web 2.0, as if it were a new version of some old software. But it’s really a revolution.
One of the joys I have already received this holiday season from blogging is that folks have emailed me questions about various criminal cases they have. So far, none of these folks have even been charged in areas of Texas where I practice, but I have still taken the time to email them back.
The internet is about sharing information, and while I anticipate that eventually the blog may drive some clients in my direction, my primary purpose is to educate folks out in the general public about how the “criminal justice system” works, and what we need to do change it.
Any rate, you’re at the very least a blog reader, by virtue of skipping this post, so congrats to you to on being named “Person of the Year 2006”. (Hat Tip: Kevin)