November 27, 2005

"We the Media" Chapters 11, 12, & Epilogue

Chapter 11
"Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig, concerned about the privacy implication of cookies, said that rather than naming the technology
something “sweet and happy like ‘cookies,’” they should have named it what it was: “Network Spy" (211).

I consider myself fairly computer savvy. I'm an office assistant, so I can moderately maneuver my around the net and Microsoft office. But, I still fear computers and the web a bit. It's a little frightening to know that at anytime someone could discover what I'm looking at. No, I'm not addicted to porn, but what if I was? Who's business is it other than mine? I understand the government and other officials are trying to protect the "little people," or at least that's what they say, but it makes me sick that protection and censorship is even needed. It's a totally unrealistic and ridiculous hope that people could transform into caring and moralistic individuals. If everyone would have a sense of compassion for one another, then "they" wouldn't have to get involved in our affairs. I feel that way about all public communications (ok, I wish everyone could be nice all the time to everyone), but I simply remain hopeful, not stupid.

Chapter 12
"However, I’m still not convinced that Big Media is doing the most important thing: listening. We are still in a top-down mode and don’t realize that the conversation is more important than our pronouncements. I see progress, but not enough" (237).

"The former audience has the most important role in this new era: they must be active users of news, and not mere consumers. The Net should be the ally of thought and nuance, not a booster shot for knee-jerk reaction. An informed citizenry cannot sit still for more of the same. It must demand more, and be part of the larger conversation. We will lose a great deal if this does not occur" (238).

I loved this book, and that almost scares me. Sorry, Dr. Jerz. I don't consider myself a computer geek, but I have the feeling that I may soon morph into one, and I'm ok with that. :-) This book really opened my eyes to the world of journalism and a little bit of the whole communication era. Truthfully, I was moved by this book. I know some of you are thinking that I'm a little nutty (which I am) because I'm getting attached to this book and news writing in general. Hey, I've been considered worse. This book was warm and thoughtful and funny and was every journalist's dream--fair and unbiased. News is all around us and technology is now also becoming absorbed into our everyday lives. I figure rather than fighting or just succumbing, the audience should stand and become involved in these traditions that affect our lives so much.

Posted by KatherineLambert at November 27, 2005 03:34 PM
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