In each of these cases, we can see severaldifferent factors coming into play that arechanging the way the news and/or journalism(however you define it) is being practiced.There are
as bloggingpioneer Dave Winer has described it
inother words, eyewitnesses and victims and others telling their storiesdirectly themselves, without having to wait for traditional journalists tofind them and ask them questions. This may make things more chaoticand harder to understand initially, but it also means that those who wantdirect information can get it without waiting for it to be filtered by anews entity.
Reddit shows the power of a community approach to news
The other phenomenon is the crowdsourcing of information gathering
that occurred with the Colorado timeline, something that wouldn’t be
as we’ve seen with
driven campaigns such as the Caine’s Arcade
and it also allows everyday users to become part of the news-gathering process. As I argued in my recent post about the Torontoshooting, this is very similar to the
that Andy Carvin of NPR took during the revolution in Egypt (and iscontinuing to take during the ongoing violence in Syria).
And it’s not just the news
as the Reddit commentermentioned
above, the site’s community platform also allows people whowouldn’t normally be part of the traditional journalism sphere of