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Science, Journalism and the New Media

Posted on: January 19, 2010

Since 2004, the internet witnessed the evolution of the web 2.0 technologies. These new technologies were Characterized with more focused on users as well as participatory media or what so called “user generated content”. These dramatic evolutions in the web have eventually changed not just classical journalism, but also the whole news media empires. The following example may capture these constantly changing trends on the web:

First example, From “Informing” to ” Empowering: Through arguing that the world has witnessed transition from Industrial Society to the Information Society in the 80’s, and from Information Society to the Knowledge Society in the 90’s. Mitch Resnick argues that Knowledge Society is not enough in today’s rabidly changing world, and that transition from knowledge to the creative society is taking place ( Sowing the seeds for a more creative society – Resnick, 2007). Resnick reflects on his personal experience as making shifts in career from journalism towards Computer Science and media technologies to engage children in creative learning experiences. ( read the full story: From “Informing” to “Empowring”)

Example two, Social network: which are all about the users and the user generated contents. These social networks and blogs become a convenient way to discriminate information, news, events, video and photos.

Example three, youtube: “People are watching hundreds of millions of videos a day on YouTube and uploading hundreds of thousands of videos daily. In fact, every minute, 20 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube”. and that is, actually, generate user content videos more than the whole mass media had ever produce. its astonishing facts!

Further useful links on the subject:

1- Changes in the Media over the Past 550 Years

2- Center for Future Civic Media – MIT Media Lab

3- ​​​​​The Debate Zone: Will people pay for content online?

4- Mainstream Media Miss the Point of Participatory Journalism

5- Media Shifts

6- Your idea to save journalism will not work because..

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1 Response to "Science, Journalism and the New Media"

Check out Rettberg, Jill Walker, Blogging, Polity Press, Cambridge, 2009

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