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November 17, 2005

We The Media (Ch. 3-5)

"First, Outsiders of all kinds can probe more deeply into newsmakers' businesses and affairs. They can disseminate what they learn more widely and more quickly. And it's never been easier to organize like-minded people to support, or denounce, a person or cause. The communications-enabled grassroots is a formidable truth squad.

Second, insiders are part of the conversation. Information no longer leaks. It gushes, through firewalls and other barriers, via instant messages, emails, and phone calls.

Third, what gushes forth can take on a life of its own, even if it's not true."

These, "three new rules of public life," are important to note. But are these advancements positive or negative. I think both, but the good outweighs the bad. The fact that information is free to all, and that every cause and person is now being held before the public eye, results in a more honest society. If everyone knows that they are being watched, they are less likely to commit crimes of any kind. However, as nice as this would be-- "Fear of punishment never made man truly honest." Also, the "big brother" similarity is frightening. The third point bring up how even unfounded information-- even straight out lies-- can have an effect on people. People should be held responsible for Libel on line, but the online community is so large, and the path of anonymity so accessible, it would be hard to enforce.

Posted by DavidDenninger at November 17, 2005 11:15 PM

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