Read Rosen

Read Rosen

: I have been sinfully remiss in not pushing you to read Jay Rosen’s year-end round-up of the top 10 ideas about media in 2004. I was waiting for Jay to finish writing up all 10 but that’s taking longer than I thought it would — Rome was not abstracted in a day — and so I’ll make up for lost time and send you there now. One of my big trends for 2004 was learning from Rosen. He embodies that amazing academic talent for taking a complex world and abstracting it into clear concepts that can be investigated and studied and debated. His list for the year is classic Rosen, clear, heavy with meaning, and spot-on:

1. The Legacy Media.

2. He said, she said, we said.

3. What the printing press did to the Catholic Church the blogging press does to the media church.

4. Open Source Journalism, or: “My readers know more than I do.”

5. News turns from a lecture to a conversation.

6. “Content will be more important than its container.”

7. ‘What once was good–or good enough–no longer is.”

8. “The victory of affinity over geography.”

9. The Pajamahadeen.

10. The Reality-Based Community.

He explores the first four here, the fifth here, and the sixth here.

To me, the abstraction of the abstraction of all this comes down to one word: power. It’s all about a shift of power from those who’ve had it to those who initially owned it and licensed it: the citizenry. And this is not happening just in media, of course. It is happening in marketing and advertising and commerce and culture and politics and may even come to government. But because the tools at work mimic media — though they are more than media tools — media is, for once, on the front edge of the trend. But it’s a trend that will come to the rest of society. There’s a quiet revolution underway. The people are taking back their power again.

  • As the Wicked Witch — and Dan Rather — said, “Ahhhh! You cursed brat, look what you’ve done! I’m melting . . . melting.”
    “When they are challenged on their compassion, they go postal”

  • Tim

    If there could be a #11, and perhaps this just wasn’t a 2004 top 10 idea but it seems too important to omit, is the press as a player – especially as participants in the war on terror, in the worldwide struggle for democracy, freedom and markets,” and in completing the act – which has current and continuing meaning for understanding the press, terror and insurgency.
    It’s a power that the press retains, and is a power that citizen media is just as susceptible.

  • Billy Hendoe

    Long live the Revolution!

  • Yes, power. But it isn’t so much institutional power as it is personal power. The power to choose and those choices making a difference. The institutions that survive are the ones that make the shift. Since the days of Plato and Aristotle there has been a growing culture of individualism. But that culture always was subject to institutional power. Still is, but there is greater freedom than ever before. And as a result what is happening is that with choice has come a growing incidence of collaborative efforts. The smart institutions recognize this and granting their people greater freedom to lead, and they are choosing more team work, more collaboration, and more use of interactive software like blogs. And it is only beginning…