#47 We the Media por Dan Gillmor

por davidgp el 30/11/2007

Realmente, como bloguer, me siento mal haber leído este libro tan tarde. Cuando lo empecé a leer siempre tuve la sensación de que debería haberlo leído hace un par de años. Pero bueno, más vale tarde que nunca, creo.

Al leerlo ahora te hacen gracia algunos detalles, como el hecho de que la promesa de podcasting y videocasting son hoy en día una realidad más del consumo de contenidos que se puede realizar en la red.

Una lectura muy recomendada si quieres saber como surgieron los blogs y la relevancia que estos pueden llegar a tener en nuestra sociedad actual.

De la contraportada

Big Media has lost its monopoly on the news, thanks to the Internet. Now that it’s possible to pubblish in real time to a worldwide audience, a new breed of grassroots journalists are taking the news into their own hands. Armed with laptops, cell phones, and digital cameras, these readers-turned-reporters are transforming the news from a lecture into a conversation. In We the media, nationally acclaimed newspaper columnist and blogger Dan Gillmor tells the story of this emerging phenomenon and sheds light on this deep shift in how we make -and consume- the news.

Gillmor shows how anyone can produce the news, using personal web journals (called weblogs or blogs), Internet chat groups, and email. He sends a wake-up call to newsmakers -politiocans, business executives, celebrities- and the marketers and PR flacks who promote them. He explains how to successfully play by the rules of this new era and shift from «control» to «engagement.» And he makes a strong case to his fellow journalists that, in the face of plethora of Internet-fueled news vehicles, they must change or become irrelevant.

At its core, We the media is a book about people. People such as Glenn Reynolds, a law professor whose blog postings on technology and liberty garnered him enough readers and influence that he became a source for professional journalists. Or Joe Trippi, who almost took Howard Dean to presidential nomination using Net-anabled grassroots politics. Or Iraqi blogger Zayed, whose Healing Irag blog scooped Big Media. Or «acridrabbit,» who inspired an online community to become investigative reporters and discover that sad ttale of the dying Kaycee Nichols’ was a hoax. Give the people tools to make the news, Gillmor asserts, and they will.

Journalism in the 21st century will be fundamentally different from the Big Media that prevails today. We the media casts light on the future of journalism, and invites us all to be part of it.

Dan Gillmor is a nationally known columnist from the San Jose Mercury News. His column runs in many other U.S. newspapers, an he also writers a daily weblog for SiliconValley.com, an online affiliate of Mercury News. Gillmor has been consistently listed by industry publications as among the most influential journalists in his field and has won or share in several regional and national journalism awards. We the media is his first book.

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ricardo varela 03/12/2007 a las 1:33 pm

vaya, justo me toca leerlo el mes que viene.

Me han dado opiniones diversas sobre el libro asi que… cuento la tuya entre las positivas? }:)

davidgp 03/12/2007 a las 3:57 pm

Pues sí, me gustó el libro, lo disfruté bastante, a pesar de que los dos años que han pasado se le han echado un pelín encima en algunas predicciones.

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