New York Post op-ed sidebar: Blogger theses on Big Media’s door

New York Post op-ed sidebar: Blogger theses on Big Media’s door

: Here’s a sidebar to the Post op-ed piece above:

: In this age of blogs, says NYU Journalism Prof. Jay Rosen,

  • http://www.jemcinc.com James

    Jeff,
    Good job contrasting the two forms. Yes, the worm has turned. But this is only the beginning. Now imagine what happens when everyone is connected peer-to-peer via their mobile phone or PDA; when everyone can consume AND publish on the run, no matter where they are or what they are doing. This is not only possible, it’s happening with tools like http://www.winksite.com.
    Globally more people access the Internet with their cell phones than desktops. Now we can all connect to each other and by-pass big media to share info, news and opioions — even if there are no landline connections.
    As Andrew Sullivan recently worte, “the collective mind is a corrective mind…”. There is nothing more collective than being in constant touch with the world community.
    Mobile publishing will eclipse what has occured to date. Today, everyone has a potential Guttenberg’s press right in their hands. It won’t belong before we can say the cell phone is more powerful than the sword.

  • Brenda_Dawson

    The issue you both write of is the democratizing of the recorded word, an issue which began to raise eyebrows with the printing press and wider-spread literacy. And while the ever-expanding availability and access of information on the Internet are raising the issue to new hights, some things will always remain the same.

    • Human beings do not have encyclopedic memories nor the time to examine every shred of information available. Filters–whether they be in the form of search engines, reference librarians, bloggers, or newspaper editors–exist to help order and make sense of an increasingly vast array of information.
    • The “authority of the audience” has long existed when it comes to critique because everybody has an opinion. And while your best friend Sally may have an opinion (and even a valid criticism or correction) of a news item, not everybody has access to information sources which can create informed narratives of an event.

    With that said, I agree that Big Media does need to adjust to the changes that increased access to information makes necessary. Instead, it seems that many sources of established media are becoming brittle in defense of their established “authority”. However, as media (and media users) adjust for a multiplicity of views, what I believe most likely to happen is simply a creation of a new set of Big Media, this time perhaps consisting of servers or search engines.

    But excellent points made. It is always easier to comment upon someone else’s thoughts than it is to create them in the first place…

  • http://www.jemcinc.com James Egan

    Brenda/Jeff,
    Yes, it is true that there will always be some sort of “filtering” relative to the information load. However, unlike the past, gatekeepers will no longer be self-appointed (or worse, gov’t appointed). A marketplace of ideas will “vote” on which source(s) is most or least legitimate.
    This concept of an organic, self-regulating system is a crucial element of the book “Emergence” by Steven Johnson. He didn’t refer to mobile publishing (or moblogs) per se, but I’m sure he would recognize the relevance. It is the natural state of most thriving systems. As such this new paradigm will expand and contract as required; dependant on the sum of millions of individual acts…not one or two talking heads.
    And only through new breakthroughs (like winksite), which do in fact give many more people access to information and an opportunity to participate, will we all benefit. Indeed, is it even be possible.
    We are in for a sea change in how most people get their information and connect to each other. Blogs are only the first step. Will TV news go away? Of course not. But it may be held to a higher standard when masses of people finally have some (instant…mobile) input on how a story develops. I for one welcome that change.
    These are exciting times.

  • http://blogumentary.typepad.com Chuck Olsen

    For the record, I trust Roger Ebert more than Sally. :-)
    I am so on board with your points, Jeff, I’m stealing them for Blogumentary. For the good of the peoples.