We the Media - Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People

We the Media - Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People

A story of a modern revolution, that has given us a communications toolkit that allows anyone to become a journalist at little cost and, in theory, with global reach.

Publication date: 01 Jul 2004

ISBN-10: 0596007337

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Paperback: 320 pages

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Publisher: O’Reilly Media, Inc.

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We the Media - Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People

We the Media - Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People A story of a modern revolution, that has given us a communications toolkit that allows anyone to become a journalist at little cost and, in theory, with global reach.
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Publication date: 01 Jul 2004
ISBN-10: 0596007337
ISBN-13: n/a
Paperback: 320 pages
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Publisher: O’Reilly Media, Inc.
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Today, news was being produced by regular people who had something to say and show, and not solely by the "official" news organizations that had traditionally decided how the first draft of history would look. This time, the first draft of history was being written, in part, by the former audience. It was possible -- it was inevitable -- because of new publishing tools available on the Internet. Another kind of reporting emerged during those appalling hours and days. Via emails, mailing lists, chat groups, personal web journals -- all nonstandard news sources -- we received valuable context that the major American media couldn't, or wouldn't, provide. We were witnessing -- and in many cases were part of -- the future of news.

This book is about journalism's transformation from a 20th century mass-media structure to something profoundly more grassroots and democratic. It's a story, first, of evolutionary change. Humans have always told each other stories, and each new era of progress has led to an expansion of story telling.

This is also a story of a modern revolution, however, because technology has given us a communications toolkit that allows anyone to become a journalist at little cost and, in theory, with global reach. Nothing like this has ever been remotely possible before.

Reviews:

Amazon.com
:) The book ends on a great note: for the first time in history, a global, continuous feedback loop among a considerable number of the people in possible.

:) This book, "We The Media", is a fascinating look on the way the internet self-publishing and blogging phenomenon has changed the way we produce, consume, and share news.

:) If you want to get some perspective on media evolution, pick up some tid bits of what has been exposed of just are a media junkey, this book is a must read.




About The Author(s)


Dan Gillmor is founder of Grassroots Media Inc., a project aimed at enabling grassroots journalism and expanding its reach. The company's first launch is Bayosphere.com, a site "of, by and for the Bay Area." From 1994-2004, Gillmor was a columnist at the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley's daily newspaper, and wrote a weblog for SiliconValley.com. He joined the Mercury News after six years with the Detroit Free Press. Before that, he was with the Kansas City Times and several newspapers in Vermont.
 

Dan Gillmor

Dan Gillmor is founder of Grassroots Media Inc., a project aimed at enabling grassroots journalism and expanding its reach. The company's first launch is Bayosphere.com, a site "of, by and for the Bay Area." From 1994-2004, Gillmor was a columnist at the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley's daily newspaper, and wrote a weblog for SiliconValley.com. He joined the Mercury News after six years with the Detroit Free Press. Before that, he was with the Kansas City Times and several newspapers in Vermont.
 


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