Last week, K. Paul Mallasch posted a summarized version of our Fall 2003 report, We Media: How audience are shaping the future of news and information. It was also cross-posted on Kuro5hin this week.
For each chapter, Paul includes a summary, quotes from the paper, his commentary and a small selection of links from our footnotes. We just wanted to thank Paul for this work (and thanks for the additional 200+ unique visitors we got). Something we always intended to do, but never got around to, was creating an executive summary. This will serve as a fine substitute.
His commentary is spot on. In regards to Chapter 4: The rules of participation, Mallasch says, “This is probably one of the more important sections of ‘We Media.’ Instead of dissecting it, though, I’ll let you go read what they’ve come up with. Read it slow. Read it carefully. It’s important.” He’s right. We’ve received a ton of feedback about this chapter. It’s probably the least discussed factor of participatory journalism, but is the probably the most important aspect of truly understanding why it exists and how it works.
Despite that this paper is more than year and a half old, traffic is still robust. Last month, we had 1,000+ downloads of the English PDF and 700+ downloads of the Spanish version. Here are the stats for We Media through May 2005:
Time online: 20 months
HTML Page views: 102,542
PDF downloads: 15,673
Time online: 4 months
HTML Page views: 13,152
PDF downloads: 4,104
Inbound traffic from BlogChina has been excellent as well. We’ve had more than 15,000 page views from that site since they posted this translated summary in July 2004. Anyone know of someone willing to work on a Chinese translation with us?