We will be attending a symposium, Whose News? Media, Technology and the Common Good, March 3 to 5, 2005, on the Harvard campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
According to the organizers, The Media Center at the American Press Institute and The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, “Whose News? will address the future of news media, the changing relationships between media and the society, and technology’s effect on news and information. Proceedings will be captured and published as part of our broader mission to foster a better-informed society in a connected world.”
Around 30 people are expected to participate. We are looking forward to our first encounters with Jeff Jarvis, Ana Marie Cox, Craig Newmark, Jay Rosen, Karen Stephenson and David Weinberger; and running into old friends, Bob Giles and Rebecca MacKinnon.
The localized mainstream media (MSM) is a dinosaur that is going to soon go out of business, replaced by a global alternative media. The battle lines have been drawn and the war is on. On one side there is the blogosphere, the global symphony of bloggers here and there, 24/7, across time zones and borders, and on the other side there is the MSM, seemingly dead in its dinosaur tracks.
Some say this is a “Dutch tulip moment” for bloggers, and they won’t be around for very long. Others predict quite the opposite, and that it is the MSM that won’t be around very much longer.
Let’s collect some quotes here, and please add your comments below.
QUOTES FROM THE BLOGOSPHERE:
1. “Journalists from the MSM are slow to wake up to the fact that there are tens of thousands of people worldwide who know far more about any particular subject the journalist writes about than they do, and who can identify error and spin. That didn’t matter so much in the past, because the MSM controlled the feedback (such as letters to the editor, the publishing of contrary views). Now that control is lost, and the MSM find it very difficult to cope with competition for ideas.”
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