Our childhood green-minded hero, Captain Planet, said it best: “The power is YOURS!” Sorry for that… you can proceed to slap me now. But in all seriousness, “We the Media” further perpetuates the theme of our class this semester: the power is in the people. With the vast number of tools to create our own news and content along with the inspiring potential of the Internet’s ability to network it all, it seems to become increasingly apparent that we as young people have been granted a lofty responsibility.

With every passing day, a new communication tool pops up. Just today, I was introduced, by a friend, to a new service called Dropbox that allows friends, family, and co-workers to share a file server just like a regular FTP, only with an incredibly simple interface and constant syncing, allowing for  wide and easy collaboration on projects online.

Just four years removed from the publishing of “We the Media,” the Internet’s rapid evolution has already made some of Dan Gillmor’s content seem a bit dated. His mentioning of future tech that’ll give us video cameras in our cellphones has already arrived to the mainstream, giving people even greater ability to document the world. His talk of the “watershed” blogging moment involving Trent Lott has become a daily happening, with not only blogs effecting change, but with content sites like Digg and Reddit having real impact on events in the world.

A call to action on Digg these days means almost instant change – most notably the Internet-wide hunt for the American soldier in Iraq who threw an innocent puppy off a cliff in the name of humor, all in front of a camera. This is the impact that Gillmor was attempting to communicate, but in our generation’s case, he’s just preaching to the choir.