The New Broadcasting

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Aha… this very post that you are reading is proof that Cori is a “news source”. I had recently quoted him as being the source of some news about grassroots media.

He then posted on his site:

I’d never considered myself to be a news source at all. In fact I emailed Prem, the author of the post at dharmasphere about it and he responded promptly (and I mean promptly – like 5 minutes later):

“We’re all news sources these days!”

Wow. That was an eye-opening, paradigm-shifting statement for me.

Indeed, now I have caught Cori’s news not only once but twice. For now I also know about his thoughts on this paradigm shift in journalism. Cori – you are broadcasting to the world every aspect of your mind, your ideas, your approach and personality… to the extent that you consciously or subconsciously choose.

We are all news sources thse days, and ever more so. We are sources of music, art, ideas and inspiration. There is an irresistable desire to share what we care for, to connect with greater and greater spheres of audience. This drives the advance of communications. The lines between communication, publishing and broadcasting gets forever more blurred.

The Internet first opened the door to en masse global communication and global broadcasting. As the barriers between an individual and the Internet retreat, the individual’s access to a global audience and a global stage gets greater and greater. A global voice, with global interaction.

Every post, every image, movie, piece of code, or anything supplied to any website (public or otherwise) and every comment made on any website anywhere – this is all part of the user’s broadcasts. All these thoughts, ideas and creations are broadcast to the internet and across the world. To the extent that the user, or any group that they are a part of, penetrates into the World Wide Web, they will reach an ever-expanding audience of people.

Dan Gillmor posted some thoughts on objectivity in Grassroots Journalism.

Questions that need answering:

  • Why do we wish to communicate and to broadcast?
  • What is Dharmasphere broadcasting?
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7 Responses to The New Broadcasting

  1. Indeed, these are the very ideas that I understood intellectually but not at all viscerally, until I saw your earlier post and started to internalize it.

  2. Prem says:

    I am only half-understanding it myself these days. Writing down all these thoughts helps me reinforce my understanding.

    It’s funny, I was kind of peripherally aware of all these goings on in the blogosphere for some time, but never found it relevant enough to delve into.

    Only now, I’m just getting aware of the potential and the technology and the people out there who have been on to it for a few years now. I feel I have a lot of catching up to do.

  3. Roshnii says:

    Why do we wish to communicate and to broadcast?

    When we have eye opening, mind expanding experiences we want to share them and for others to benefit from them.

  4. Prem says:

    The BBC has just opened its doors to web users who want to churn up and remix the contents of the BBC’s news pages, on its new site, backstage.bbc.co.uk.

    Blogger WhiteLabel had previously made a portal that sucked in the BBC’s new content and allowed bloggers to add their own content, links and comments directly onto the page. The BBC has now enacted a similar idea on their own site.

    As WhiteLabel says:

    “This could be the point at which the BBC stops being a merely a broadcaster, stops being merely a publisher, and starts being a tool and a resource for all of us to use.

    This could also be the point at which the BBC starts to differentiate itself from the commercial alternatives, by being a proper public service, rather than a publicly funded competitor.”

  5. Prem says:

    I’ve just read a great article on Web 2.0, “a vision of the Web in which information is broken up into ‘microcontent’ units that can be distributed over dozens of domains“.

    In this new approch, content is provided from the entire Web and then “remixed” on a website in a unique way. So the website becomes less of a single destination for a web user to visit, and more of a portal from which the user can access and interact with the content that is relevant to them.

    From the article’s opening paragraph:

    In Web 1.0, a small number of writers created Web pages for a large number of readers. As a result, people could get information by going directly to the source: Adobe.com for graphic design issues, Microsoft.com for Windows issues, and CNN.com for news.

    Over time, however, more and more people started writing content in addition to reading it. This had an interesting effect—suddenly there was too much information to keep up with!

    Enter Web 2.0…

    And, while we’re on the subject, I’ve also just heard 2 excellent audio recordings of Tim O’Reilly, founder of O’Reilly Books, in which he talks about the paradigm shift in web technology:

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