Apr 21 2009 12:30pm to Apr 21 2009 12:30pm

Mediactive: Why media consumers, not just creators, need to be active users

Dan Gillmor, Berkman Fellow

Tuesday, April 21, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor
RSVP required (rsvp@cyber.harvard.edu)
This event will be webcast live at 12:30 pm ET.

The supply side of tomorrow's media is emerging quickly, if messily, in a democratization of media-creation tools that give us a vast and growing amount of content  of all kinds, ranging from trivial to entertaining to vital. We will need to improve journalism at all levels during this process.

But the demand side needs help, too. Even as we help new media creators learn to understand and apply principles of journalism, we will also need to encourage people who have been simply consumers to become much more active users -- seeking reliable and trustworthy sources and taking some  responsibility for the quality of what they read.

These are daunting goals. But as we emerge from an era of media monopolies and oligopolies that have allowed us to be lazy, and too trusting, we'll be better off taking more responsibility for what we read, hear and view.

About Dan

Dan Gillmor is the director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where he is working to help create a culture of innovation and risk-taking in journalism education, and in the wider media world. Dan is also the school's Kauffman Professor of digital media entrepreneurship.

Dan remains director of the the Center for Citizen Media, a joint project with ASU and Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. (The center was formerly affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley.) He is the author of We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People (2004; O'Reilly Media).


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