Q & Q
: Jay Rosen and I were each interviewed by Tom Brook for a piece on the BBC this week about declining trust in media (damn: I forgot to mention Andrew Gilligan). I gave soundbite. Jay came out of it with an outline for a friggin’ curriculum with lots of questions about the new media universe that don’t have answers yet. He asks us all to hit the comment button and help see what ties all his questions together.
I say it’s about control: If you give us, the people, control of our media — and government and markets — we will use it (see Jarvis’ First Law of Media). If we do not think we have control, then we’ll turn into passive spuds. But once we do have control — whether from the remote control or the TiVo or our blogging tools — everything changes: We demand to be part of the conversation. We compete with the once-powerful. We question their power. We establish new relationships of trust.