Social Change

Forget blogs!

Some people would like to forget blogs, but my point is blogging is only the most recent incarnation of something much bigger—P2P. Blogs will certainly morph into something else—indeed, that’s happening as we speak—but what won’t change is the underlying sociological change of person-to-person (P2P) communication. The technologies of nearly-free, universal access to tools enabling people to find others with ...

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The New Journalism?

Seems that the advent of blogs and, next, vlogs is causing some head-scratching in journalism schools, Here’s a piece from Adam Pendenberg at Wired with some interesting thoughts. Should we raze our curriculum to the ground and start over, perhaps, and look to the web for inspiration? Could it be beneficial to jettison "objectivity" and "balance" in favor of transparent ...

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New media

I’ve been pretty amazed at the rate that new audio and video oriented internet sites have been coming online. It’s a concomitant of the arrival of the tipping-point for broadband as the dominant mode of the net in the US. I think you’re going to see a pretty rapid switch from the text dominance of low bandwidth to AV dominance ...

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Heavens! The demise of "mainstream media"?!

Well, not quite. But a site called The Long Tail has compiled some interesting figures : Music: sales last year were down 21% from their peak in 1999 Television: network TV’s audience share has fallen by a third since 1985 Radio: listenership is at a 27-year low Newspapers: circulation peaked in 1987, and the decline is accelerating Magazines: total circulation ...

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