Who are we in the world of Web 2.0?
Hosted by Antony Funnell, Future Tense
The flock of interactive capabilities born from the ‘second generation’ of the World Wide Web, which has been termed ‘Web 2.0′, include social networking sites, blogging, video sharing and wikis. Our engagement with this user-generated content has transformed the Web into an infinite source of knowledge and interaction, but have these recent forms of virtual communication increased our access to others and created an online community or has it only lessened our ability to seek and filter information?
Participants explore how Web 2.0 presents a new space for interaction by users of all ages, and considers how issues such as privacy and accuracy are affected by its rise:
Antony Funnell is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster for ABC Radio National. He is well known as the presenter of ABC’s Future Tense, a program which he has been involved in since 2009. Prior to that, Antony fronted Media Report on ABC Radio National. Over the past two decades he has worked for many of the country’s leading news and current affairs programs, including AM, PM, the 7.30 Report, Background Briefing and Radio National Breakfast. In November 2006 Antony won a Walkley Award for his documentary The Financial Abuse of the Elderly and in 2003 he won the United Nations Media Peace Prize (Best Radio) for a program on Aboriginal customary law.
Ian Farmer is Managing Partner and founder of Frontiering – a boutique marketing agency based in New South Wales, which focuses on social media marketing. Prior to this Ian was the Social Media Practice Manager at Bullseye – a leading digital agency, where he developed social media campaigns for many clients including Blackmores and Vicroads. Ian also had an extensive career with the Mars group spanning a number of roles across IT, marketing, and business development. Ian co-founded and still a current director of online gourmet food website Gourmet Shopper.com.au. Ian’s work has taken him across the Asia Pacific region where he developed his study of cultural interactions and social behaviour.
Andrew Frost is an art critic, writer, blogger and broadcaster. His articles have been published in a wide variety of Australian and international art magazines and he is a regular contributor to The Sydney Morning Herald. In 2007 ABC1 screened a three-part series titled The Art Life, which included a second series in 2009, which Andrew both wrote and presented. Andrew is also one of the co-founders of the well-known blog titled The Art Life which, since 2004, has established itself as an independent voice of art criticism in the Australian art and media world.
Ian MacColl is a Senior Research Fellow in the faculty of Science and Technology at Queensland’s University of Technology. Within the research discipline of computer science, Ian is interested in enriching local and online social networks through technology. His research has real world applications – including the development of innovative systems for expanding upon social media technologies, as well as possibilities for educational and customer needs. Ian has written many papers and presented at numerous conferences, such as his 2010 international presentation on learning systems that use the online resource Wikipedia.
Jason Sternberg researches in the areas of media audiences, youth media and popular culture and has been a major contributor to Australia’s leading university media studies textbook titled “Media & Communications in Australia”. He is a lecturer in media studies at QUT’s Creative Industries faculty. Due to Jason’s expertise on current media issues, he has appeared as a commentator on many Australian television news programs. Jason is currently collaborating on the book Measuring Audiences, which looks at a number of topics including the media audience research industry, illegal music downloading and The Biggest Loser.