I really enjoyed reading the first three chapters in Dan Gillmor’s book “We the Media.” There are many points made by Gillmor that made me think not only about the entire future of new media, but MY future with new media and how it can impact my life. Gillmor asserts that, “As the pace of life [quickens], our collective attention span [shortens]” (paperback copy pg. 5). I could not agree with this statement more. You see, we all seem to be in this never-ending whirl-wind of hectic schedules that always calls for a need/want to make our daily routine a little bit easier. Hence, this could be the reason why new forms of media are being created everyday. I found it very interesting when Dan Gillmor discusses his perspective on talk radio. Ever since the internet and cell phones came along, I honestly have put very little thought into the world of talk radio and how their export for news may be affected. Despite what I may have thought about talk radio, Gillmor reassures his readers that “talk radio was becoming a force” even though radio is not a new and unfamiliar medium to the public (paperback copy pg. 10). Today, I think most people forget about how important the participation of the audience is for talk radio to be successful. There could not be more validity in Gillmor’s explanation of how people involved with talk radio have an “outlet for their own stories and views… [Essentially] adding the weight of their own beliefs to the [radio] host’s” (paperback copy, pg. 10). Lastly, Gillmor asks his readers to imagine just what the world would be like if certain media was available when past events took place (for example September 11th, 2001). It’s remarkable to think that people now have camera cell phones and tiny audio devices that can record almost anything taking place at a specific time. I think Dan Gillmor does an excellent job of explaining to his readers why forms of new media are quickly taking the world by storm.

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