Dan Gillmor’s upcoming book is called Making the News. The Introduction and the first four chapters are online , and I highly recommend it. Here is snippet that I find provocative:
This evolution — from journalism as lecture to journalism as a conversation or seminar — will oblige the various communities of interest to adapt. Everyone, from journalists to the people we cover to our sources and the former audience, must change their ways. The alternative is just more of the same.
We can’t afford more of the same. We can’t afford to treat the news solely as a commodity, largely controlled by big institutions. We can’t afford, as a society, to limit our choices. We can’t even afford it financially, because Wall Street’s demands on Big Media are dumbing down the product itself.
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