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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

We the (Mainstream) Media

I gave a citizen journalism workshop last night organized by Burlington's Center for Communities and Neighborhoods, an office of CEDO.

There was a lot of talk about blogs and citizen journalists vs. mainstream media. Funny, this morning, I saw Steven Johnson writing in the Chicago Tribune about how blogs are mainstream now.

Says Johnson:

"If it's not mainstream, blogging is pretty darn close," says David Sifry, founder of Technorati (technorati.com), a burgeoning site built on the idea of tracking and sorting through blogs. "We're seeing about 175,000 new Weblogs created every single day, about two every second of every day."

Hard to be alternative, eh?

Incidentally, this is not the brilliant Steven Johnson who wrote Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities and Software and Everything Bad is Good For You.

October 24, 2006 at 10:29 AM in Media/Keeping an eye on the competition | Permalink


Don't forget Brilliant Steven Johnson's brand spanking new book (that Emily is just finishing now), The Ghost Map, about the huge 19th century cholera epidemic in London and the birth of epidemiology.

Posted by: Bill Simmon | Oct 24, 2006 10:43:34 AM

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