No! This is not another blog post on standards and Web 2.0 definitions. However its on politics in its plain vanilla form. Yes politics in the form of governance, administration, political parties, false promises and most importantly democracy.
Web 2.0 has certainly brought about disruptive shifts in our lifestyles and politics nonetheless has had to evolve with emergent technology. Value added in politics from Web 2.0 is mainly derived from empowering the masses. It certainly has made it a whole lot easier for the masses to voice their opinions on issues affecting them locally or globally. This is evident from user responses to the US Election coverage on You Tube and the response from the repressive Burmese junta catapulting itself in the now de facto social networking platform Facebook.
The most interesting aspect of such magnanimous leaps in democracy is the deep entrenchment of globalisation. Local issues tend to have global ramifications despite barriers imposed by despotic governments or so called authoritarian regimes. Free flow of information has brought about interesting emergent phenomena including response by individuals in Middle East on the upcoming US primaries over individual candidate plans on Middle East policy, response to Iran’s nuclear policy, the Australian Labour Party leveraging on Web 2.0 on its campaign process. Perhaps the most striking fact is that Web 2.0 is in some peculiar way tackling the digital divide as evidenced from coverage of the round up to the Kenyan Elections by media houses and political parties.
In summary Web 2.0 has given people a platform to air the opinions without necessarily placing themselves at risk although in extreme cases this be a whole lot different. Furthermore its given political parties and the political elite a tool that can be used to gauge public opinion and perhaps use such opinions as feedback into their operational systems. However much we may still be at loggerheads on what Web 2.0 actually is, one thing for sure is that it has given us a greater voice!

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