Let it be known that I am working on defining what “conservative 2.0″ means to the world. I am not looking to change the conservative value system; rather, I would like to define what it means to be a conservative living in the Web 2.0 world (both online and offline).
I have searched for the term “conservative 2.0″ for a few weeks now and I have found very few results. There is a 16 year old kid on Myspace that named himself “conservative 2.0″ and also a blog entry titled “conservative 2.0″; but there was no real explanation or definition to the term itself. I did find some similar commentary on a political wiki entitled, ConservaWeb 2.0, written and defined by Eric Odom. Although he has some really awesome things to say, my approach will be a completely different.
My definition of Web 2.0 is simply the second generation of internet based applications; that not allow for users to publish content on the web very easily in the form of videos (Youtube), images (Flickr), blog/wiki commentary, profiles (linkedin, myspace), bookmarks (Stumbleupon), global instant messenger (Twitter.com) and the list goes on. This is referred to as either user generated content (UGC) or consumer generated media (CGM) - not a big difference in the two terms.
The way I would like to define Conservative 2.0 is a second generation of conservative thought leaders. Now, I want the definition to be a bit more specific encompassing more than just my ideas. So, stay tuned - more to come.
Dated: March 15, 2007