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How do you verify decentralized media (the information)? Focusing on decentralized ''journalism'' at this point.  See also [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizen_journalism Citizen journalism]
 
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#*  Videos, pictures, etc… - Social Media as well
- Videos, pictures, etc… - Social Media as well
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#*  Primary, first-hand accounts, sometimes powerful ([http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1905125,00.html Twitter in Iran]).
- How to hold accountable (do you hold accountable)
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#*  But how to verify and hold accountable?
- Bias within decentralized media
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#**  One of the great things about decentralized media is the extent to which it can hold normal media accountable, e.g. the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killian_documents_controversy Dan Rather scandal].
- What criteria do people on the internet use to deem something fact vs. opinion (bring up CBS story, 60 minutes)
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#**  But who checks the checkers?
- Contrast with journalistic ethics codes and internal regulations.
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#**  Accountability is not only about ''verification'': Are there times when it is better to choose not to publish?  Norms taken on by "professional" journalists that do not but "should" apply to decentralized media as well?  (E.g. wikileaks and national security, compare general, esp. government, reaction against those who think that [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11578505 information wants to be free]).
 
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#*  Bias within decentralized media, is it a problem?
2. Crowdfunding (view huffingtonpost article)
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#*  What criteria do people on the internet use to deem something fact vs. opinion (bring up CBS story, 60 minutes).  See also [http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.117.9104&rep=rep1&type=pdf Wikipedia as News Source].
 
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#*  Contrast with journalistic ethics codes and internal regulations (see [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journalistic_ethics Journalistic Ethics Wikipedia page] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journalism_sourcing#Anonymous_sources Anonymous Sources Wikipedia entry]).  
- Death of old media, crowdfunding allows old journalism (anytime money is exchanged, bias is taking)
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#*    See also [http://www.vincentmaher.com/?p=400 Citizen Journalism is dead]; posits "three deadly E's" including ethics, economics, and epistemology (although it appears the author has changed his thoughts a little); [http://www.ojr.org/ojr/stories/051006/ Grassroots Journalism: Actual Content vs. Shining Ideal].
 
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Crowdfunding (view huffingtonpost article)
3. There are certain regulations in place for media output, formed by the big “players” in media  - how does decentralized media affect these policies, if at all?
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#* Contrasts traditional narrative that new journalism will replace old journalism.  Instead, harness the same forces that donate money to grassroots political campaigns to donate money to fund news articles requiring a lot of investigation.
 
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#*    Anytime money exchanged, fear of bias
- Should the policies be redesigned?
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#*    See [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tanja-aitamurto/the-obama-effect-in-journ_b_357711.html this article], which talks about [http://www.spot.us Spot.us].
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#  The legal regime and the "centralized" news media have over time developed a reasonably stable set of norms / regulations to govern various policy concerns, including First Amendment, defamation, confidential sources, etc.  How well do these ideas translate when news is coming from "amateurs"?
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#* Should the policies be redesigned?
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#*      See, e.g., [http://articles.latimes.com/2010/aug/05/opinion/la-ed-shield-20100805 this article], which talks about how a journalism "shield" law that's been stalled in Congress anyway is being blocked even more now because people don't want wikileaks to be able to use it as a shield.

Latest revision as of 17:56, 21 October 2010

  1. How do you verify decentralized media (the information)? Focusing on decentralized journalism at this point. See also Citizen journalism
    • Videos, pictures, etc… - Social Media as well
    • Primary, first-hand accounts, sometimes powerful (Twitter in Iran).
    • But how to verify and hold accountable?
      • One of the great things about decentralized media is the extent to which it can hold normal media accountable, e.g. the Dan Rather scandal.
      • But who checks the checkers?
      • Accountability is not only about verification: Are there times when it is better to choose not to publish? Norms taken on by "professional" journalists that do not but "should" apply to decentralized media as well? (E.g. wikileaks and national security, compare general, esp. government, reaction against those who think that information wants to be free).
    • Bias within decentralized media, is it a problem?
    • What criteria do people on the internet use to deem something fact vs. opinion (bring up CBS story, 60 minutes). See also Wikipedia as News Source.
    • Contrast with journalistic ethics codes and internal regulations (see Journalistic Ethics Wikipedia page and Anonymous Sources Wikipedia entry).
    • See also Citizen Journalism is dead; posits "three deadly E's" including ethics, economics, and epistemology (although it appears the author has changed his thoughts a little); Grassroots Journalism: Actual Content vs. Shining Ideal.
  2. Crowdfunding (view huffingtonpost article)
    • Contrasts traditional narrative that new journalism will replace old journalism. Instead, harness the same forces that donate money to grassroots political campaigns to donate money to fund news articles requiring a lot of investigation.
    • Anytime money exchanged, fear of bias
    • See this article, which talks about Spot.us.
  3. The legal regime and the "centralized" news media have over time developed a reasonably stable set of norms / regulations to govern various policy concerns, including First Amendment, defamation, confidential sources, etc. How well do these ideas translate when news is coming from "amateurs"?
    • Should the policies be redesigned?
    • See, e.g., this article, which talks about how a journalism "shield" law that's been stalled in Congress anyway is being blocked even more now because people don't want wikileaks to be able to use it as a shield.