From September 2005 to June 2006 a team of thirteen scholars at the The University of Southern California's Annenberg Center for Communication explored how new and maturing networking technologies are transforming the way in which we interact with content, media sources, other individuals and groups, and the world that surrounds us.
This site documents the process and the results.
Very interesting piece on web 2.0 and the issues involved in relinquishing control of your applications to someone else:
Web 2.0 and the drive-by upgrade by Fraser Speirs -- Overnight someone sneaked into my office and upgraded an application on my computer....
There are a number of issues on the table here. Besides someone else determining what "version" software you're running, there is the other problem of needing the network to work. This is a problem I have with wikis and blogs, and why I've done quite a bit of playing around with trying to "sync" mySQL databases. Yuck. VooDooPad is a great local wiki solution, but is weak on the network side...but at least I can work when I'm off the grid.
How many of us have created local caches of websites/pages when we had to do a presentation? I know I do...no way I want to depend on the network to have what I need. Although I've been caught with my browser pants down on a couple of occasions where I didn't have the time to cache. Maybe web3.0 will solve this.