In the Loop

We, Media, You ... ?

Posted at 3:42 PM on February 14, 2007 by Andrew Haeg

OK, tomorrow's the next taping ... and Jeff and the rest of the Loop cast (per usual) have their game faces on. I'll give them a break and share some food for thought.

Last week I was down in Miami for the annual We Media conference—exploring how big J old school journalism and the newest of the new media are and are not bringing more "real" people into their news gathering. If you're not familiar with any of this, but interested, here's a good primer.

Lots of interesting conversations and ideas. I’ll share one.

Craig of craigslist fame was on hand. First off, he's a very funny guy who could be making much much money, but chooses not to because he believes in honesty and access. He's got some credibility.

So I was listening closely when he put the whole web 2.0 "social media" thing in a nutshell. He said the Web 2.0 "revolution" of vastly broader access to publishing tools and platforms is not the what its breathless proponents think it's cracked up to be.

Craig says, and I agree, that what’s happening now is the same thing that's happened with every new development in communications (back to the printing press): A small group of people is relinquishing some power and control to a somewhat larger, but still small group of people.

The online world is flush with overblown blogorrhea and rhetoric that would have you believe otherwise. But he's got a point. Thanks, Craig (and thanks too for the great orange midcentury chair that I bought off your fine service for just $40).

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