In Dan Gillmor’s “We the Media” he openly discusses how the world of journalism is changing and transforming in new ways that decades ago would not have been imaginable. He begins by tracing the way journalism has progressed from the late 18th century until a little less than four years ago. Gillmor talks about how one of the greatest tools for journalism was the inclusion of the American right, the “freedom of the press,” outlined in the Bill of Rights. From then on the inventions that helped forge American journalism is and has been technology.
It is interesting how Gillmor suggests that Sept. 11, 2001 was one of the greatest influences of journalism and technology joining forces to usher in a new wave of journalism and media. He mentions how through this American tragedy both professional and amateur journalists were able to share their points of views and information globally through the use of the Internet and its capabilities. He cites how even though he was outside of the United States, he was able to receive information regarding this event through an e-newsletter that links important information from across the country together into a single source, obtained from his friend. Also, the use of blogs and individual’s digital cameras led to amateur journalists spreading information and emotion across the Internet and blogosphere, this helped to forge what the Internet is today.
Gillmor mentions different types of internet tools and ways of cataloguing the internet that are available for users to help process, shape, and influence the web. Some tools he thinks are useful are Wikis, a tool that people use to alter, shape and build information for the user. He also mentions RSS feeds and peer-to-peer networks that he seems are efficient ways for users to economically and quickly share information in new ways. Although Gillmor makes valid arguments, technology updates rapidly and his analysis, though true, seems dated even after only 2-4 years since his writing. Now it seems as if he needn’t write so much on guessing about things like video sharing. Video sharing which seemed like a pipe dream when he was writing because of the expense associated with it is common place with free sites such as Youtube and Vimeo where users can freely upload there videos. The argument Gillmor supports and shares will help our class more thoroughly recognize the technology that is now available. I think it opened my eyes to how far we’ve come and how the Internet is truly changing the way we as users intake media with these new facets and tools where anyone can become journalists in their own ways.
Interesting internet tools and blogs Gillmor mentions (except youtube)