Via Jeff Jarvis, Jay Rosen writes:
PressThink's Top Ten Ideas for 2004: Introduction
These are my top ten ideas for the year 2004. The year in press think, as it were. I chose not the "best" ideas, but the ones most useful to me in figuring out what's going on. They weren't necessarily born in '04, either. But they emerged this year. Some have authors; usually it is many authors. Ready?
Here they are:
1. The Legacy Media.
2. He said, she said, we said.
3. What the printing press did to the Catholic Church the blogging press does to the media church.
4. Open Source Journalism, or: "My readers know more than I do."
5. News turns from a lecture to a conversation.
6. "Content will be more important than its container."
7. 'What once was good--or good enough--no longer is."
8. "The victory of affinity over geography."
9. The Pajamahadeen.
10. The Reality-Based Community.
Not all of the 10 are fully written but you can read 1 through 6 now, and then stay tuned for the remainder. Note that 1-2-3 are all on the same link.
Jeff Jarvis summarizes:
To me, the abstraction of the abstraction of all this comes down to one word: power. It's all about a shift of power from those who've had it to those who initially owned it and licensed it: the citizenry. And this is not happening just in media, of course. It is happening in marketing and advertising and commerce and culture and politics and may even come to government. But because the tools at work mimic media -- though they are more than media tools -- media is, for once, on the front edge of the trend. But it's a trend that will come to the rest of society. There's a quiet revolution underway. The people are taking back their power again.
Am I just dating myself, or was "Power to the people" a cry from the sixties? Is it finally coming true now? What do you think?