Posts Tagged ‘media’

New News Part 2

October 6, 2008

Jeff Jarvis has an interesting point here about the article no longer being the building block of news information. He believes topics could dethrone articles. On topics:

“…I want a page, a site, a thing that is created, curated, edited, and discussed. It’s a blog that treats a topic as an ongoing and cumulative process of learning, digging, correcting, asking, answering. It’s also a wiki that keeps a snapshot of the latest knowledge and background. It’s an aggregator that provides annotated links to experts, coverage, opinion, perspective, source material. It’s a discussion that doesn’t just blather but that tries to accomplish something”

I agree- It could operate as a sort of google search in reverse. Rather than a clean slate search, publishers find an issue and see where they can build outward, evolve the topic or point of view. The bigger idea is a story is never told and concluded, it changes and grows based on the interest of the reader. After all we know things are changing.

The Way Things Were and New News

June 16, 2008

This is cool. The way stories are disseminated and digested has changed. I never thought of it this way, but once something gets posted, it takes on organic characteristics. It doesn’t matter when or where it came from, the information continues to grow and change.

In the past, a writer would research a topic, it would be published, digested, possibly discussed over a cup of coffee, and then we would move on. Not to reinvent any charts, but the process was very linear and finite.

Info Search ==> Format Information ==> Publish ==> Digest ==> Discard.

Now things are rediscovered, cross-linked to anything, caught on mid stream:

(re)search

(re)mix, (re)link, (re)organize

(re)publish

Repeat

This is cool too.

My biggest takeaway is with increased access to information, people will gravitate to what is interesting rather than accessible. Popularity can increase independent or devoid of promotion, recency or location.

Students Today

March 7, 2008

I hope this was worth extra credit:

I’m sure it is easy to find stats that say kids read less books than they did 10 and 20 years ago. I wonder, how is it affected with digital media?