New Media Brad
ITWeb ran an article titled " Thought police target ‘new' media" about changes to the film and publications act that attempt to place censorship processess on blogs/websites. The crux of the matter is the demand that "any blog or other Internet or mobile content that contains visual presentations, descriptions or representations of sexual conduct, advocacy of hatred, incitement to violence or propaganda promoting war must be submitted for classification before publication".
I have quite a bit of experience using web-based Content Management Systems. I have used and developed extensively for Mambo, Drupal, and most recently Wordpress. I have tried out a handful of others, but I cannot say I have an in-depth view of them. As far as popularity goes Mambo/Joomla, Drupal and Wordpress probably account for a significant number of CMS/blogging platforms on the net (at present). So, take this from my user-developer experience, and usually from the perspective of something I call developer-usability. Developer usability is an important factor in choosing a tool to manage your content online, and hopefully developer usability and user usability are high goals on the platform's agenda, In fact, usability is a not-for-negotiation goal/feature.
My friend Russell pointed me to a rad article discussing "Why there's no such thing as Web 2.0". In the article he links to another article with a quote from Sir Tim Berners-Lee (the original internet guy for the uninformed), which basically calls it Hype 2.0 (my own term, but you can use it freely, unlike Web 2.0). To simplify your lives:
BERNERS-LEE: "Totally not. Web 1.0 was all about connecting people. It was an interactive space, and I think Web 2.0 is of course a piece of jargon, nobody even knows what it means. If Web 2.0 for you is blogs and wikis, then that is people to people. But that was what the Web was supposed to be all along."
So, from the man himself we have the hype settled. My deviation on the matter follows.
Because it is fun to google yourself I googled new media, and found that we currently sitting on page three (at around position 22) on the results page. If you use the South African Google we come up fourth, and if you constrain it to only South African pages then we are number 2. I also tried a search for citizen journalism and our tags section comes up as second. It is a bit arb, but it means we do have incoming links from Google for relevant stuff.