In the latest Australian Chess Magazine, Brian Jones devotes his whole editorial to "Web 2.0". BJ's point is straightforward enough: to use technology, the web 2.0 kind, to promote and raise the profile of chess. He talks about bulletin boards, blogs, and Flickr; even YouTube as well as MySpace get a mention.
Rather ironic I thought. Here is a print man talking about technologies that pretty much put his medium on flimsy footing. Just think: what is in any chess magazine today that can't be delivered more speedily, cheaply and in larger quantities via the web? Not a lot! Pretty soon chess magazines will be dead - including, I predict - that most exalted of them all, New In Chess. Which makes me wonder also: might BJ be foretelling the demise of his printed ACM? ACM 2.0, perhaps, subscription via the web! Why not, indeed? Maybe then those articles will at last have the immediacy they truly deserve.
Still, I must thank BJ. Yours truly gets a mentioned, not once, but twice! I love it, great, free publicity! Maybe I should turn this whole blogging thing into a for-profit venture, you know, before he beats me to it.
Also in the editorial are my fellow bloggers, Shaun Press (ChessExpress) and Trent Parker (Blog of a Chess Nut). The former is especially interesting as it's written by a seasoned organiser, arbiter and an Olympiad player (for PNG). I especially like it when his posts venture into the political, like this one. There's our blogging friend being called "incompetent" by no less than the sitting ACF head honcho, Gary Wastell. What was Mr Wastell thinking? I bet he never thought that little moment of brain implosion to be pasted on some web page somewhere. And that folks is another benefit of the Web 2.0 world. There's a gun sight on every chess politician's head. Figuratively speaking, that is.
I end with a couple of questions. BJ's piece rounds off with this sentence: "The chess community must benefit as we increasingly use modern technology to raise the profile of chess in Australia!" But how exactly? With these blogs, forums, Flickr sites, etc - isn't the community just talking to itself?
Over to you.
By the way, this little video is interesting.