“We the Media” Chapters 1 and 3 Response

19 Sep

In chapter one of “We the Media”, Gillmore highlights how journalism has shifted from the hands of reporters to those of the citizens. He compares modern journalism to how it was in the late 18th century when Thomas Paine used pamphlets to raise revolt against the British. Then, the written word was used primarily for the public. Whether, to aid resistance efforts or to spark a revolution, journalism was used mainly by those with a strong presence in the public sphere. Now, however, journalism has become as much personal as it is public. Blogs, as highlighted in chapter three for example, have become a phenomenon that have given average people a voice- a power to make their own headlines and handle the news for themselves. I have been an avid blog reader for a little over two years now and admittedly gotten most of my news from them. Also, blogs in the blogsphere are dynamic. Chapter 3, respectively titled “The Gates Come Down”, exemplifies how blogs are free from restraints and the writers are free to cover any topic that they wish. This also means that readers like myself have options and could easily find blogs covering topics that they are interested in. Through blogs, you could also start your own movements. In chapter 3, Gillmore discusses Trent Lott’s coverage of prisoner abuse in Afghan and how that stirred up attention. Similarly, I have read controversial posts on some of my favorite blogs regarding an inaccurate description of their lifestyle in Marie Claire Magazine. Even blogs not directly involved in the incident came forth and spoke out in defense of the bloggers and stirred the pot with their rants and criticisms of the magazine’s editorial staff.
All in all, I like the direction that journalism has taken since its start. It has become a vehicle for free speech and has given many common people a voice not limited by the standards of television and newspapers. This also means, that I have the power to speak out and be heard using the resources that the internet has provided me.

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One Response to ““We the Media” Chapters 1 and 3 Response”

  1. Good Start Thinking September 20, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

    I liked what you had to say. It is always interesting to see what kind of controversy can get started on any sort of topic from politics to fashion. Everyone has an opinion, and like you say, people can express themselves now with blogs on the internet

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