Web Creativity: But I can’t speak computer!

The Web is built to foster creativity. But which are the best ways to go about it? And do you need to be a computer hacker to succeed in online content creation?

Do you speak computer?

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While contributing to certain aspects of the web undoubtedly require specific skills, the evolution of Web 2.0 technology is providing more and more ways for the average person to interact with the Internet. In particular social networking sites and the blogosphere pose the greatest potential for laypeople to create online. But can a website or online space every be truly completely accessible to the average person?

Coding: child's play?

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This blog, for instance, is being hosted by WordPress. I don’t need any specific training or extra knowledge to get everything up and running and my thoughts out into the ether of the World Wide Web. From the outside, it appears as if I can do whatever I want to my blog. Customising its appearance, posting to my heart’s content and even changing the URL to my own personal domain, if I have the cash to do so. But if you take a closer look, everything is not as malleable as it seems. In fact, many argue that customizable domains such as blogs, and Facebook pages, are actually very tightly controlled. Think about it. What can you do to your Facebook profile, apart from change the picture. Not much.

I can’t even change the font of this post! Lame.

Which raises the question: is the full creative potential of the Internet truly available to everyone? Or only those who speak computer?

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One thought on “Web Creativity: But I can’t speak computer!

  1. To the average person the internet is increasingly easy for one to creatively contribute to net culture. Obvious examples include YouTube, BlogSpot, SoundCloud and MySpace. Although all these site have their restrictions and limitation to what a user can share and how they share it, before these sites existed audiences were less active in producing and interacting. I for one have grown up from simply sharing my views on msn to sharing my own music, conversing through links to videos, images, articles etc The internet is hyperactive with creativity and information sharing. However, I do agree that the sites have its limitations and are seemingly smooth operators but are hiding complex inner workings of formulas, instructions, codes, file formats and types etc. But to the average person I see the internet as an increasingly improved space for nurturing creativity.

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