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Friday, 04 Oct 2002

The mass amateurization of publishing

Does Clay Shirky get it or what?! While the majority of Clay’s article challenges the economics of the blogging engine, his real insights lay elsewhere: “The vast majority of weblogs are amateur and will stay amateur, because a medium where someone can publish globally for no cost is ideal for those who do it for the love of the thing. Rather than spawning a million micro-publishing empires, weblogs are becoming a vast and diffuse cocktail party, where most address not “the masses” but a small circle of readers, usually friends and colleagues. This is mass amateurization, and it points to a world where participating in the conversation is its own reward.”

Clay has really defined the crux of the issue where participatory journalism sometimes clashes with traditional journalism: One is almost always for the greater good, while the other claims to be, it’s still a business. And Clay’s numbers don’t add up in their world.

Posted on Oct 04, 2002 | 1:18 pm EST
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