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We the Media 4

 

Recently, I finished Dan Gillmor’s book called “We the Media.” I really enjoyed reading this book because I learned numerous things about new media and especially the online medium. For this assignment we were asked to read the chapter 10, 11, and 12 in “We the Media.” Topics that really grabbed my attention in these chapters included discussions on misusing other people’s work, the freedom the internet has brought us, and why the internet has been the most important medium since the printing press.

 

I have to agree with Gillmor’s thoughts on how misusing other people’s work (cheating) is “harder to monitor [and that] cheating is rampant in our society” (paperback, pg. 200). It is frustrating that with the internet’s millions of users, come many individuals who plagiarize. However, journalists can take comfort in knowing that the “Net gives us a mechanism to catch the violators [with] search tools such as Google…and Turnitin software” (paperback, pg. 200).

 

Another topic Gillmor brings to his reader’s is that of freedom with the internet’s huge success. I loved how Gillmor states that “Cyber-liberty [extended] culture and information in powerful, even unprecedented, ways” (paperback, pg. 209). Personally, I feel as though the internet has given me an exceptional amount of cyber-liberty even if it is just through blogging or using an online social network such as Facebook.

 

Lastly, I found Gillmor’s explanation of why the internet has been the most important medium since the printing press to be fascinating. Simply put, Gillmor asserts that the internet “subsumes all that has come before and is, in the most fundamental way, transformative” (paperback, pg. 236). I find Gillmor’s use of words to explain how far the internet has come to be very true and valid.

 

I really enjoyed reading Dan Gillmor’s book. I hope I continue to learn new ways that new media impacts my life and my future!

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We the Media 3

 As our class get’s closer to finishing up Dan Gillmor’s book “We the Media,” I am beginning to learn more than I ever knew about new media. In chapters 7, 8, and 9, Gillmor discusses topics such as Indymedia, online data gathering websites, and the new ways the media misleads the public.  Before reading Gillmor’s book I had never heard the term “Indymedia.” It was very interesting to read that Indymedia is an alternative kind of media which began in 1999 by a “group of antiglobalization activists who wanted to cover the Seattle World Trade Organization meeting in ways traditional media would not” (paperback copy, pg. 145). Incredibly, the effort of Indymedia has brought highly regarded results to the public. Wiki along with Indymedia is another term I was unfamiliar with until reading Gillmor’s book. A form of online data gathering is known as “The Wiki.” According to Gillmor “Wikipedia is one of the most fascinating developments of the Digital Age,” and absolutely understandable considering the millions of people that refer to wikipedia.com for credible information. I agree with Gillmor point regarding why Wikipedia is such a valuable resource to people. The articles within Wikipedia “tend to be neutral in tone [even] when the topic is controversial, [however Wikipedia] will explain the varying viewpoints in addition to offering the basic facts” (paperback copy, pg. 148). I believe Wikipedia is a website/database that is extremely user friendly and contains great information. Lastly, I found Gillmor’s discussion on misleading media to be the most fascinating. I always knew the media tried to manipulate its audience, but Gillmor explains why and how the trickery is actually done. “Backdrops of urban settings behind anchor people” are not the only ways in which media is misleading (paperback copy, pg. 178). “Spinning” is another process journalists have become accustomed to (paperback copy, pg. 184). Gillmor explains that PR firms use spinning often. Spinning is often directed at the audience in such a way that causes a change in perception to possibly “[favor] oneself or one’s client or cause” (paperback copy, pg. 184).  Gillmor constantly discusses new ideas for why new media has positive and negative effects on our world. I so far have learned a great deal from Dan Gillmor’s book and I look forward to continuing to become more knowledgeable about new media.

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