Talking points regarding museums, museum tags, museum participation, public input…

While the implication demonstrates an increase in use of Web 2.0, and there is speculation for future changes and development, a point should be made that this only works when there is a societal need and push. Places like Myspace or Facebook only became truly integrated when the need to be on this site was greater than not being on the site. So a musician for instance will get more exposure with Myspace than a website, when Myspace fell into the accepted and norm for bands. Word of mouth and advertising help spawn this.

The article brings up the issue that we could benefit by reading a book on web 2.0. For instance, Gwen Solomon, Web 2.0.

The issue of Folksonomy brings up the repetitive issue of who is an amateur and who is specialized and who determines who has the control. Perhaps it is an issue of intrusion, that is tags that may not make sense, or just having the ability to make tags can detract from the museum experience rather than benefit. Does it attract users, maybe those that don’t work, have two jobs, children, meetings… etc., Does it lure someone to the website to make new tags? I would hope that the content on the website is doing that nor this menial task thought to be inclusive to the public.

One possible solution to the Folkonomy feature would be to develop a community center on the web. This will separate the tried and true, the professional content from the community/amateurish side.

Regarding public access: while there is still the issue of how content is regulated to maintain the profession, one source, one trusted source, there is an element of offering information across a world base. Perhaps, as with the origins of radio, a way can be determined to have money be exchanged to help keep the museum in business. When you click on the site, just as if you were there in person, you would pay a minimal admission fee.

Will curators go away? Non-professional dealers could play a more substantial role, but ultimately, this question breaks the fabric of specific knowledge once again.

Comparing the trend and changes of museum web content to Star Wars that raked in millions of dollars isn’t quite conducive. You can’t compare the two, when museums need to make money to stay in business. That’s a reality. This is going to be the deterrent from putting collections online. If you prevent people from coming in, or the online museum lowers the numbers, then the museum on the street will go away. One can compare this dilemma to that of literary magazines. More and more are going electronic and flourishing. It will be a gradual process, but one that may inevitably happen. perhaps colleges will go exclusively online. Maybe we will all never need to move from cubicle, our house!



“A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.” ~Edward P. Morgan


~ by disembodiedspirit on November 5, 2008.

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