sirtoppenhat (sirtoppenhat) wrote in online_journ,

we the media 1,2

Chapter 1 starts out by discussing the roots of journalism from its inception to print media. Then expansion into broadcast media via radio and television. Gillmor discusses corporate media and the consolidation of newspapers. He highlights the evolution of technology. The advancements in modern computers affected media as it did most things, eventually leading to the inception of the Internet that connected computers around the world and the online medium weblogs, of which I am participating in right now. Weblogs can allow for one-to-one or many-to-many communications. There is the ability to communicate very personal and impersonal messages. Like print media, time can be taken to craft what is being transmitted, but anyone can do it and there are no deadlines. There is no pressure to read on a timeline either since the messages can remain available online to obtain when it is convenient for the reader. Is there a danger that weblogging diminishes face-to-face communication? In Max Barry's novel "Company," the communication between company workers is hindered by the overuse of e-mail. Several correspondences that take place over e-mail could be done over the phone or face-to-face while improving productivity, efficiency, and personal qualities of the message, which is important. I think that the blog has diminished the discussion of humanity face-to-face among peers, but it has made others not comfortable in those situations an outlet. It has in the end given users a chance to broaden their perspectives locally and globally, accessibility issues noted.
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