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This week we were assigned to read the three final chapters ( Ch. 10, 11,12) in Dan Gillmor’s book ” We the Media”.

Chapter 10 adressed the legal issues that may arise from being a citizen journalist. This may not have been the most fun chapter to read, but it sure was an important one. Gillmor makes sure to tell the reader’s that although the net may a lot of times seem detached from reality and the laws that apply from reality, there are serious legal consequences one can face when comitting libel. It made sense to me that especially as a blogger one has to be extra careful because one does not have the corrections or adjustments an editor would provide. I was also very surprised to see the effects internet-malice can have, reading about the Nymox case. I was alarmed by the fact, that internet laws apply to whatever jurisdiction things get read or downloaded from. Something that may be legal here, might not be legal somewhere else and that could cause a lot of trouble.

Chapter 11 talked mainly about the freedom of the websphere. The internet is not as free anymore as it used to be and there is censorship to sites blocked by a government firewall as it is used in China. I learned a lot of new things in this Chapter, for example what exactly cookies do and copyright related issues. It is interesting to read how growing technology has affected copyright and I was stunned when I read the paragraph about Walt Disney and how today he could not have even drawn Mickey Mouse. I also did not know that the FCC was involved in internet related things.

Chpater 12 was basically a conclusion to all previous chapters before and once again reflected on the importance of citizen journalism and what it means to this world. Gillmor states that he is still a bit dissapointed that people have not fully recognized the tools the web can offer them, but he belives this will change with time. Gillmor also further elaborates on his views on copyright and presents a copyright concept of his own, he believes might be better and easier to deal with. Chapeter 12 clearly showed to me how passionate Gillmor is about this matter, he truly wants people to understand the importance of the web and let them know that their voice can be heard.

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This past week I read chapters 7, 8 and 9 in Dan Gillmor’s “We the media” and as usual it was a pleasure.

Chapter 7  talked about how citizen journalism can open completely new doors in the field of journalism. Nower days we can get access to insider “off the record” information through blogs. I understand that people are thrilled about that, however, I believe we should still take this information in, in a critical manner. Citizen journalism means more freedom, but it also means to me that there might be more inaccurate information out and we need to select and still read various sources to believe something. I believe with increasing citizen journalism we might see a rise in lawsuits (for instance when things are disclosed to the public without consent of the affected). As far as blogging about personal experiences ( like the blog from Iraq) I think this is a fantastic way to get a “real” insight in how different people feel about this war and how the people affected by it live their lives.I was surprised to read that the alternative press has not really taken advantage of the net. I was glad to see that Gillmor talked about wikipedia and about wiki’s in general. It’s fascinating how everyone uses Wikipedia nowerdays.

Chapter 8 reminded me a lot of the video “did you know 2.0”. It basically talks about the exponential growth of technology and the correlation between that and the role of media or the evolution of media. I was also surprised how many laws about these things are out there :-)…Metcalfe, Moore, Reed…WOW! I liked the fcat that google makes it possible to sort out reliable blogs, this was an issue I adressed earlier and it’s good to know that there is some sort of monitor out there. I thinik a reputation syatem is extremely important with growing citizen journalism. We basically have so much information coming at us, we will need some help sorting it out.

Chpater 9 adressed issues that blogging can bring, in particular cutting and pasting. I had heard about the fake John Kerry picture before, it is crazy how the internet creates a whole new world of possible criminla acts. Thinking about this makes it hard for me what I can trsut and what not and how I can find out the reliability of something. The anonymous nature of the web, is a bit threatening to me. We don’t know who might be behind an alias…As Gillmor says, we need to create a hierarchy of trust and we simply can’t take everything for being a true story if the source is not in our hierarchy.

For my final project I though about documenting a regular weekend from friday night to sunday night. It will either be me talking into the webcam and telling about what I did each day and maybe have some of my friends come over and talk with them in front of the camera or actually taking a camera with me wherever I go. I would prefer to use a real camcorder though so I could actually have it follow me around to wherever I would go. I’ve been wanting a camcorder for he longest time….I might just have a real reason to get one now after all.

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