From the reading I found most of Chapter 7 and 8 to be quite intriguing.  Chapter 7 discussed how the news as a whole has changed due to the blogs, weblogs, vlogs and so on.  I found it interesting how blogs seem to increase the value of news not just nationally but internationally.  The reading made an enlightening point when it touched upon the fact that people that live in repressed countries are now able to express their concerns, ideals and beliefs about political or religious topics that they would otherwise be imprisoned or killed for.  Blogs allow these people to speak out and express themselves as unique individuals.  Such people in Iran can offer in depth conversation and coverage about the country as a whole and help Americans to more clearly understand the situation of the country that no western journalist could ever cover. 

The chapter discusses how weblogs allow people to be more involved, passionate and engaged with their community and nation. As the author states, “it allows people to be part of a larger conversation.” Weblogs have also started the era of independent journalists and citizen journalism.  Such sites as Melrose Mirror and Junior Journal are examples given of publications designed by the people.   I also found it interesting that bloggers seemed to have changed the meaning of “off the record.”  This has made the tactic of excluding the media from coverage to have less meaning.  Simply put, bloggers are everywhere and thanks to our constitutional rights they can write and discuss anything they want.  The example given was a meeting with President George Bush where the media was not invited.  A man who was personally involved in the meeting went home and blogged details about what went on behind closed doors.  This situation can ultimately happen anywhere. 

Chapter 8 made me a little nervous when he started discussing Moore’s Law. This brought me back to the “did you know 2.0” movie.  The theory behind Moore’s law is that our technology is growing exponentially and there is no stopping it. In the chapter he states that “the very nature of technology is that it is relentless and unstoppable”   We are beginning to put brains and memory into everything, our world is becoming more and more powerful. Just the fact that my spell checker does not correct words like blog should be our first sign. This takes me to Metcalf’s Law.  If I understood it correctly, it means that communication technology becomes more powerful based on the size of the network.  Therefore our networks must be getting stronger every day. Every day hundreds of nine year olds are getting cell phones, basically every printer has a fax machine built in, we can use our phones to play music, take pictures, and check the weather.  Eventually as “We the Media” states, the world will be connected by one small, powerful device that is the “fabric of our lives” 

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