Session 3b: How Participatory Journalism Is Being Used Now

Jeff Jarvis

  • “As Rosen rebutted Kinsella, Jarvis shall now rebut Schaffer”
  • It is mainstream media that is useless, narcisstic and niche
  • “Forget Gutenberg. The most important media invention is the remote control.”
  • Blogging is the new remote control
  • The readers are now writers
  • The people we used to call an audience now have a voice.
  • Advice to editors: The first thing you should do is not write the blogs, but read them
  • Bloggers do it because they care
  • Blogging is complementary:
    • “It is news? Yes, I say it is.”
    • “Is it journalism? Yes, I say it is.”
  • With the commoditization of news, viewpoint becomes important
  • If we stick up our noses at Fox News (or the Guardian, for that matter), we are ignoring the people
  • Citizens’ media gives the audience authority
  • Blogs are essentially social — this is a community
  • Equated “audience” with Doc Searls’ interpretation of “consumer”:
    “It implies that we are all tied to our chairs, head back, eating
    ‘content’ and crapping cash.”
  • Blogging establishes a culture of transparency
  • It’s an egalitarian meritocracy. It’s about frankness and democracy. Liberte, fraternite, egalite!
  • The grammar of information is changed: we search. We link. We no longer wait for the news; it waits for us to come to it.
  • Re-designing news: News is not the article or the channel, but the story or the post.
  • Johnathan Miller, head of AOL: 60 – 70 percent of AOL’s spends their time on reader-created content
  • “Don’t worry about all the geeky tools” — new tools will appear that will only make things easier
  • Andrew Sullivan: “This happens only once in a lifetime. You don’t
    stumble across a new medium every day.” Jarvis: “I say ‘amen’.”

And I say “Amen” too! A well-done, passionate, articulate and fiery rebuttal to the previous speaker.

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