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November 15, 2005

A Sea of Information (Chapter 3)

“Information is an ocean, and newsmakers can no longer control the tide as easily as they once did” (45).

Via web blogs, Gillmor indicates that the news-making rules have changed in three ways.

1. “Like-minded people can investigate and distribute news that is either detrimental or supportive.

2. From the bottom up, information flows freely rather than the trickle-down method of its bottom-down counterpart, big media. Moreover, insiders are included in the process.

3. The third one is scary: “What gushes forth can take on a life of its own, even if it’s not true” (46).

Posted by NancyGregg at November 15, 2005 2:49 PM