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Web 2.0 is a rainforest, Web 1.0 a desert

Recently, I've been enthralled by Steven Johnson's Everything Bad is Good for You , especially the chapter on gaming. It's something that I've been reading in preparation for next year's TESOL Electronic Village Online (EVO2007) , as I'm putting together a proposal and hoping to co-moderate a session on language learning and computer gaming (I've already set up a Yahoo group , edublog and a wiki in anticipation!) While working on the wiki today, I decided to see if I could find an email address so as to invite Steven Johnson to particpate as a guest speaker (nothing ventured, nothing gained) and came across his blog, and an interesting post related to an article he wrote about the state of the Web .Both make very interesting reading. Update: Since I first drafted this post, I've heard back from Steven's representative - he asked if there was any money involved for taking part in the webcast. Of course, there is no budget, as it's all voluntary.

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Cartoon by Dave Walker . Find more cartoons you can freely re-use on your blog at We Blog Cartoons .

E-Society Classification have devised an e-society classification system for the UK, which caught my eye recently, based on a report of the E-Society (PDF) . Now, UK residents can check to see which of the 23 classifications they are in. The classifications are based on "based on levels of awareness of different ICTs; levels of use of ICTs; and their perceived impacts upon human capital formation and the quality of life." The report makes highly interesting reading and some of the classification defy belief, but are based on real types. The actual classification terms (below, with notes) are as follows: GROUP A: THE E-UNENGAGED The E – unengaged are people who "do not have access to electronic communications or technologies". Included here are people who are "too old, too poor or too poorly educated to be able to access them." This group is broken down by the report into: Low technologists are people who mainly view the Internet as "an electronic vers