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We the Media (Hardback)by Dan Gillmor
Synopses & Reviews
Grassroots journalists are dismantling Big Media's monopoly on the news, transforming it from a lecture to a conversation. Not content to accept the news as reported, these readers-turned-reporters are publishing in real time to a worldwide audience via the Internet. The impact of their work is just beginning to be felt by professional journalists and the newsmakers they cover. In We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People, nationally known business and technology columnist Dan Gillmor tells the story of this emerging phenomenon, and sheds light on this deep shift in how we make and consume the news.
We the Media is essential reading for all participants in the news cycle:
At its core, We the Media is a book about people. People like Glenn Reynolds, a law professor whose blog postings on the intersection of technology and liberty garnered him enough readers and influence that he became a source for professional journalists. Or Ben Chandler, whose upset Congressional victory was fueled by contributions that came in response to ads on a handful of political blogs. Or Iraqi blogger Zayed, whose Healing Irag blog (healingiraq.blogspot.com) scooped Big Media. Or acridrabbit, who inspired an online community to become investigative reporters and discover that the dying Kaycee Nichols sad tale was a hoax. Give the people tools to make the news, We the Media asserts, and they will.
Journalism in the 21st century will be fundamentally different from the Big Media that prevails today. We the Media casts light on the future of journalism, and invites us all to be part of it.
Book News Annotation:
A new era of journalism is upon us, says Gillmor (a columnist for the San Jose Mercury News), an era in which "journalism as lecture" will be replaced by "journalism as a conversation or seminar." He profiles this emergent journalism of weblogs (or blogs), personal websites, cell phone reporting, and other non-corporate media. In addition to drawing an anecdotal portrait through the various proliferating sites and numerous incidents of the "journalism of tomorrow," he also reflects on what the new situation means for the corporate media and how it necessitates a reworking of their business model.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Gillmor is a nationally known columnist for the San Jose Mercury News. Gillmor has been consistently listed by industry publications as among the most influential journalists in his field and has won and shared in several regional and national journalism awards.
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