We the Media

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Big Media has lost its monopoly on the news, thanks to the Internet. Now that it's possible to publish in real time to a worldwide audience, a new breed of grassroots journalists are taking the news into their own hands. Armed with laptops, cell phones, and digital cameras, these readers-turned-reporters are transforming the news from a lecture into a conversation. In We the Media, nationally acclaimed newspaper columnist and blogger Dan Gillmor tells the story of this emerging phenomenon and sheds light on this ...
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We the Media: Grassroots Journalism By the People, For the People

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Overview

Big Media has lost its monopoly on the news, thanks to the Internet. Now that it's possible to publish in real time to a worldwide audience, a new breed of grassroots journalists are taking the news into their own hands. Armed with laptops, cell phones, and digital cameras, these readers-turned-reporters are transforming the news from a lecture into a conversation. In We the Media, nationally acclaimed newspaper columnist and blogger Dan Gillmor tells the story of this emerging phenomenon and sheds light on this deep shift in how we make -- and consume -- the news. Gillmor shows how anyone can produce the news, using personal web journals (called weblogs or blogs), Internet chat groups, and email. He sends a wake-up call to newsmakers -- politicians, business executives, celebrities -- and the marketers and PR flacks who promote them. He explains how to successfully play by the rules of this new era and shift from "control" to "engagement." And he makes a strong case to his fellow journalists that, in the face of a plethora of Internet-fueled news vehicles, they must change or become irrelevant.

At its core, We the Media is a book about people. People such as Glenn Reynolds, a law professor whose blog postings on technology and liberty garnered him enough readers and influence that he became a source for professional journalists. Or Joe Trippi, who almost took Howard Dean to the presidential nomination using Net-enabled grassroots politics. Or Iraqi blogger Zayed, whose Healing Irag blog scooped Big Media. Or "acridrabbit," who inspired an online community to become investigative reporters and discover that sad tale of the dying Kaycee Nichols' was a hoax. Give the people tools to make the news, Gillmor 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596102272
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/15/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 979,294
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

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." Gillmor is is author of We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People (O'Reilly Media, 2004), a book that explains the rise of citizens' media and why it matters.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. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Vermont, Gillmorreceived a Herbert Davenport fellowship in 1982 for economics and business reporting at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. During the 1986-87 academic year he was a journalism fellow at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he studied history, political theory and economics. He has won or shared in several regional and national journalismawards. Before becoming a journalist he played music professionally for seven years.

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Table of Contents

  • Epigraph
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: From Tom Paine to Blogs and Beyond
  • Chapter 2: The Read-Write Web
  • Chapter 3: The Gates Come Down
  • Chapter 4: Newsmakers Turn the Tables
  • Chapter 5: The Consent of the Governed
  • Chapter 6: Professional Journalists Join the Conversation
  • Chapter 7: The Former Audience Joins the Party
  • Chapter 8: Next Steps
  • Chapter 9: Trolls, Spin, and the Boundaries of Trust
  • Chapter 10: Here Come the Judges (and Lawyers)
  • Chapter 11: The Empires Strike Back
  • Chapter 12: Making Our Own News
  • Epilogue and Acknowledgments
  • Web Site Directory
  • Glossary
  • Colophon

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