It’s no shock that social media has transformed journalism and the way news, ideas and opinions are shared. As spoken about in previous blogs the shift to distributed media allows for news to be spread WITHOUT any gatekeeper.
During the industrial age, when the number of available news channels in print and broadcast was limited and when (in pursuit of quality or out of more overtly commercial motivations) a hierarchical structure of organisation prevailed, journalistic production was controlled through the practice of gatekeeping: the ‘gates’ of the journalistic publication (both at the input stage where information about potentially newsworthy events entered the process, and at the output stage where fully formed news reports emerged to public view in newspapers or broadcast bulletins) were considered sacrosanct, and served as filters for news items which were considered to be unimportant, uninteresting, or otherwise irrelevant for audiences. (Bruns, A. (2009) ‘News Blogs and Citizen Journalism: New Directions for e-Journalism’)
No longer does this apply, introducing the open source movement.
We now all play on an equal playing field, an ecology where participation is its own reward. The remediation I’ve made this week visualises this concept in the memeist way possible.