The Internet has a public side. It’s composed of instant messages, blogs, wiki entries, e-mail, all sorts of things. It is not composed of corporate web sites, static web pages, or one-way interaction. The public web has institutions, but they are public institutions.
For example, the FreeSoftware / OpenSource movement. Or “KDE,” which is a huge public institution making a free desktop. It’s public. And the legion bloggers out there. And wiki communities, like the one I am writing to right now.
Some features of ThePublicWeb:
There are countless other attributes of this idea, “The Public Web.”
Wiki is a part of the public web. Specificly, it’s the document facility of ThePublicWeb. (WikiIsDocumentBased.) It is improved by a PublicRefineryProcess, working through several DegreesOfEditorialControl.
I realize that this is a ShallowPage. I’m not sure that it’s really “saying” anything.
However, I felt that we need some sort of term for this thing- the public web. And, since it’s a new word, should have some sort of definition. We also want to be able to attach concepts to it. So, here it is. ThePublicWeb.
There are some ambiguities here.
I have found that, in myself, I feel a certain loyalty to what I am calling ThePublicWeb, that goes far beyond my loyalty to, say, the USA, or even to Seattle. (And I’m pretty loyal to Seattle.)
I feel like, for better or worse, an Internet Person, and a citizen of the world. I am enthusiastic about seeing French, German, Japanese, all these languages on the Internet. I find myself protective of “The Internet,” even
Is there already a Meatball term describing this idea?
Is this the first Public Web media coverage?
(They got Wikitravel in there, too. Yay!)