From Paul Gillin’s blog – How New Influencers are revinventing journalism:
“With no formal journalism training, no editorial oversight and none of the trappings of conventional media, Ben Popken is becoming one of the most powerful voices in consumer journalism. And what’s funny is that if you ask him about the secret of Consumerist’s success, he uses the same words that any good editor uses: “The secret is to be reader-centric in a fundamental way. The content is driven by the readers and reacted to by the readers. We’re really just a curator of consumer-generated content.”
Get used to this. It’s the online journalism model of the future.”
A speech by Clay Shirky entitled “Gin, Television, and Social Surplus” – another look at how media is changing – and how it is becoming inclusive – the user creates/generates their own experience.
“Here’s something four-year-olds know: A screen that ships without a mouse ships broken. Here’s something four-year-olds know: Media that’s targeted at you but doesn’t include you may not be worth sitting still for. Those are things that make me believe that this is a one-way change. Because four year olds, the people who are soaking most deeply in the current environment, who won’t have to go through the trauma that I have to go through of trying to unlearn a childhood spent watching Gilligan’s Island, they just assume that media includes consuming, producing and sharing.”
And last but not least, an entirely unrelated but heartwarming story about Chicago’s feral cats.