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Way Behind The Curve

Not that I didn’t know this already, but I’m just not cool. At least according to Time magazine.

They’ve published their list of the 50 Coolest Websites and there’s only two that I visit on a regular basis at all: YouTube and Digg.

The editors also declare that “Many of this year’s choices are shining examples of Web 2.0.”

Which means I also don’t understand the concept of Web 2.0. Most of these sites are only tangentially related to helping the average person post their ideas to the web.

Instead Time’s list is made up of entertainment or marketing sites that are decidedly read-only.

And as far as cool goes… Google Spreadsheets?

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1 Comment

  1. Stephen Downes

    Let’s not forget the source. The last time Time knew cool its front page was still printed in black and white.

    Also, it’s worth noting that according to Time, ‘cool’ means mostly shopping and wasting time. Not a single site on learning, reference or resources.

    Now I wonder whether there isn’t some relation between the values Time trumpets in articles such as this and the general decline of learning and innovation in the market it serves.

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