Pip Coburn writes: "... Well, just as the New Economy started, it ended. ¶ Several years later, when the New Economy was finally arriving—this is the point where real Earthlings were finally ready to change their habits and their economy to leverage the Internet in the user-oriented world of the Change Function, as opposed to the point where companies tried to force us through the keyhole into the New Economy for their best interest but not ours—we all implicitly colluded to call the whole thing something else, so as to not remind anyone of the foppery of the "New Economy"—egads!—so no one would be too embarrassed. Hence Web 2.0. ¶ Web 2.0 encompasses everything. It's bigger than all of us and that is why everyone has trouble saying just exactly what Web 2.0 is. It encompasses The Free World I speak of, Chris Anderson's Long Tail, Om Malik's "Built to Flip," the Perkins Curve, "the Singularity" of Ray Kurzweil, Nicholas Negroponte's $100 PC, The rebirth of AT&T sorta with IPTV, Google's "GoogleWorld," the "Mashington Post" and Ray Ozzie's Microsoft Live. Some folks still can't believe that the words "Ray Ozzie" and "Microsoft" can appear in the same sentence, and if that doesn't say something is up what does? ..." Link: AlwaysOn.
Also see his follow-up column, Hey! The Old New Economy Is Also The Free World. Link: AlwaysOn. --Dennis