I'm in Dan Gillmor's session at OSCON and these are my unedited notes.

Journalism's new world: networks everywhere, anyone can publish, good tools for doing so. Who are the news makers of the future?

Digital cameras and even tiny video cameras are everywhere. It's harder to keep secrets and even easier to share them.

SARS first got publicity via phone messaging. The government tried to kill it, but couldn't.

Moving from lecture mode to a conversation or seminar.

"My readers know more than I do." It's true for all journalists. It's not scary. It's an opportunity.

Bloggers helped get Trent Lott's segregation ideals back into the public.

When the shuttle broke up on re-entry, an image popped up on a weblog showing debris coming back to earth. The mainstream media never carried it.

We now have distributed fact checking.

Lots of users helping each other via weblogs. "I need help with this..." and a bunch of folks swoop in to help.

Smart Mobs is an important book here.

NASA asked the public for pictures of the shuttle accident.

The Command Post is an example of self-assembling journalism--distributed journalism. Dan likes Kuro5hin.

Convention Bloggers site launched recently.

Wikipedia is an amazing work--an on-lnie, user written encyclopedia.

9/11 timeline, starting in 1979, on the Center for Cooperative Research.

New types of spin and influence. Bloggers attack via google links.


Q: Print journalism vs. video/movies/TV.

A: We're moving toward more visual communications--have been for a long, long time. Now anyone can do it with inexpensive gear. Print won't go away (he hopes).

"Most corporate web sites seem to have been written by bad turing machines mated with PR and Marketing folks."

Dan praises Microsoft's weblogs.

...other stuff I can't keep up with...

Posted by jzawodn at July 28, 2004 12:11 PM

Reader Comments
# none said:

340. The channels run everywhere, the creeper stands sprouting; if you see the creeper springing up, cut its root by means of knowledge.

on July 28, 2004 08:04 PM
# Seth Finkelstein said:

Bleah. I strongly believe Dan is mistaken in his thoughts, arising from his extremely favorable position as both an A-list blogger AND a journalist.

If I fact-check a journalist, NOBODY WILL HEAR!!! (essentially - a few dozen friends does't count).

The Trent Loot story is often misunderstood, as many of the "bloggers" were also professional journalists or very high-audience amateur pundits.

His experience is that people will rush to help him, because he is in a position of power. However, the vast majority of us are not in positions of power, so will be ignored at best, or attacked at worst.

I should clarify that I believe Dan is an excellent journalist and a good person. However, this does not make him correct. He writes from a situation of being attention-super-wealthy. The privileges of that status to not transfer to those who exist in attention-poverty (which again, is almost everyone).

on July 29, 2004 02:47 PM
# Kyle Brantley said:

Completly unedited? Word-for-word, line by line?

Wikipedia is an amazing work--an on-lnie, user written encyclopedia.

on July 30, 2004 07:29 AM
# Jeramey said:

I can't help but be excited about blogging when reading a post like this. It's crazy to think of the social influence blogs have.

on August 11, 2004 02:44 PM
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