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  •  Interactivity vs Authority (2+ / 0-)

    People who become staff members as journalists have training behind them, usually university J School department orientation.  This perspective creates a worldview about writing and quality, based around the writer and editor relationship.

    This paradigm covers all periodical pubs and books as well, and of course electronic media owes a great deal to this.

    The internet brings an entirely new concept into being.  Maybe the only thing going before the internet began to afford the capacity to support interactive discussions in the early 90s was public access TV.  Before that?  

    Freedom of Speech was available to anyone who could afford to buy a printing press.  

    I think a lot of people who have journalism backgrounds and who have managed to stay within the parameters of a very difficult media environment don't get what is going on with the blogs, particularly Daily Kos.  

    How can people who are not qualified be capable of saying anything worth reading?

    This is a new paradigm and it is evolving in front of our eyes. There is a lot of amazing inanity anywhere online you go and look at comments.  Even here. The state of the public mind is not great.  

    But one can be blown away by the quality of the reporting, the depth of knowledge and the intelligence of the back and forth in the comments which can actually produce new insights for all who participate and all who just read.  

    The future will probably see the blog formate increase in power as some evolution improves the skills involved, as long as there is an education system that can produce people who think.  

    One way to think of this is that, in the entire history of the 1st Amendment, only recently has there actually been a way for people, spread across the country, to engage in a public dialogue.  

    To fail to see that, to me, is a failure of writing.  Real writers are supposed to be able to see clearly and perceive truly.  

    Journalists who do the opposite don't really do anybody any favors.  In fact, the "sibling rivalry" story which derides the internet is common in any media and seems to represent the attitude that this new exploration, this experiment in the 1st Amendment is a threat.

    Perhaps it is if you think controlling the public  mind is the purpose of media, instead of invigorating the public marketplace of ideas.  

    Lack of appreciation for what is going on here is the reason that conventional media are becoming obsolete.  

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Wed May 09, 2012 at 11:08:30 AM PDT

    •  you said it a lot better than i could have. NT (1+ / 0-)
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    •  A most excellent comment. And I agree with (0+ / 0-)

      your take on traditional print media. I still love to read a newspaper, physically, pick it up and read it. But they have pretty well cooked their own goose.

      Freedom of access to the internet is a real concern and not just in regime based nations. Right here in the US.

      Thank you.

      Science is hell bent on consensus. Dr. Michael Crichton said “Let’s be clear: The work of science has nothing to do with consensus... which is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right,”

      by Regina in a Sears Kit House on Thu May 10, 2012 at 11:09:58 AM PDT

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