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November 13, 2005

We the Media, Chapters 1 and 2

“The blogging world is a conversation” and the new-media journalism it provides is an interactive process between the news provider and the news consumers (39). This news mutation, Dan Gillmor explains, immerged when technology addressed a cultural need─the need for citizens to actively contribute to their news. And news, as we know it, may never be the same.

Gillmor explains, as well, that while in Hong Kong desiring news coverage on the 2000 presidential elections, he “rolled” his own news. In other words, he obtained election news from a variety of sources: National Public Radio, web sites such as CNN, The New York Times, and his local San Jose News. He considered this eclectic coverage to be comprehensive.

Concerning news-blogging limitations, the author quotes Yale law professor Yochai Blenker “only in the area of investigative journalism does Big Media retain an advantage over open source journalism” (17).

Through all the technology, Gillmor echoes a common theme we have heard throughout our texts. “Certain values must remain: fairness, accuracy, and thoroughness” (42).

Posted by NancyGregg at November 13, 2005 5:34 PM