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We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People

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"We the Media, has become something of a bible for those who believe the online medium will change journalism for the better." -Financial Times

Big Media has lost its monopoly on the news, thanks to the Internet. Now that it's possible to publish in real time to a worldwide audience, a new breed of grassroots journalists are taking the news into their own hands. Armed with
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 31st 2006 by O'Reilly Media (first published 2004)
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Narri Subrati
Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Dan Gillmor’s We the Media

In We the Media, Dan Gillmor discusses the impact of journalism by the people. Technology of today has allowed us to be writers in various ways especially via the powerful Internet. We are able to actively participate in discussion of the news through blogs, forums, chat groups, and email. Gillmor believes in the capability of people to make news today because current technology has encouraged and welcomed our participation. The internet has become a powerful media tool
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dan Gillmor's "We the Media" starts a conversation about the direction of journalism (in the same way that he claims the news has and must become a conversation instead of a lecture). It covers the technology and history that made citizen journalism possible and then moves on to discuss the different venues and ways in which people report and some of the issues that arise from taking down the gates around journalism. He ends by discussing briefly his view on copyright, which he supports but thin ...more
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a very prescient view on the demise of Old Media and the potential of New Media. Gillmor was one of the earliest media pundits to really get it and the sound the alarm. Old media ... newspapers, distribution channels, presses, publishing, circulation, advertisements ... are getting disintermediated and re-created in new technological platforms, reaching out to vaster interactrive audience's. Gillmor tosses off some gems that you takeway. Yesterday's news was a top down lecture. Today's n ...more
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
I don't think that Dan Gillmor was the first one propose the idea that modern technology is evolving the ways that we produce and consume news, but he traced it and explained it in a way that was highly effective and very informative. As a student who is about to graduated and who is thinking of a career in media, it was fascinating to hear his take on the current status of journalism and what this means for the population. I like that he briefly traced the history of journalism. This set the st ...more
Paul Guinnessy
Good book, with some interesting ideas in it, but an overly optimistic viewpoint over how locals will produce media. Relying on one or two individuals to provide high quality news to local residents just won't work, peopple get sick, bored, and won't forget its a hobby. More realistically is that local news could be the only possible solution towards saving newspapers, assuming they can persuade their advertisers that its more effective to rely on them than on google.

My synopsis is actually conf
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book had potential, but it became out of date from the moment it was published and I often felt quite manipulated by the author. It just wasn't something I enjoyed and solely read it as I had to review it for my university course. Negativity aside mind, I think this book would be a little more interesting if it was re-released with a chapter or two on the twitter age and how it's effected citizen journalism.
May 28, 2010 rated it liked it
I think the fact that I read this on my computer ( affects my rating of the book...but either way, I think it needs to be updated; I was expecting to learn more, but it is a good introduction to "grassroots journalism." I would not recommend it to citizen media geeks because you'll probably find it boring and outdated.
Jun 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is very interesting, I started reading it because it was recomended in a book that I read. I had never read anything about this subject but i was able to understand it, it is very concise and it has great information for people that might be interested in starting a blog or just for a person that wants to stay well informed.
MacDara Conroy
Jul 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
The field Gillmor covers here moves as such a fast pace that this book is already is in danger of being out of date. But it's still a thorough, involving introduction to citizen journalism and the democratisation of the media, which should be enough to convince most doubting hacks as to the long-term merits of the web (and blogging) as a tool for good, quality journalism.
Jun 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
Interesting overview of the possibilities of citizen journalism. Because it's technology-based, some of the ideas and examples became a little out-of-date the second it was published. Also, the copyright section feels a little tacked-on. Still, it's important reading for news consumers.
Cyber Killer
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Though outdated by a decade, it's still very interesting and educational.
Pascal Lapointe
Une lecture de base pour quiconque s'interroge sur l'évolution future du journalisme, à l'heure d'Internet. (2005)
Nicholas Cottrell
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book I'd desperately like to see updated for the twitter age.
Josh Burns
Dec 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in new media and journalism
Great book on citizen journalism. Gave me a better perspective on the future of journalism. It's a good read.
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
An interesting loo at the way news if presented to mass audiences.
Jan 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: business
A classic book.
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