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“Our Media is our message” & We are the media!

Interesting post on the Ascentum blog this week. Mary Pat MacKinnon writes about an essay by Heather Stilwell named Remixing Democratic Discourse: New Media and the End of ‘Read Only’. This is an interesting read and very relevant to the issues we are addressing in class. She writes the online networks offer

a powerful medium to give more citizens a voice within that system; one in which we need not speak apocalyptically of “the death” of traditional media, but where we instead look towards the future to a newer, freer media…a future where we no longer remain passive recipients of news and culture – the content of which was chosen and framed for us by a concentration of media companies whose interests may lie less with encouraging democratic freedom of expression, and more with their own financial success. A future where we are no longer told what to think, but where we are inspired to contribute to the discussion. A future that is no longer ‘read-only.'”

This quote sums up the future of social media, media and communication. I think it is incredibility exciting to have such a shift in media where our older generation had such little power to evoke change and knowing that the future generations will have the ability to participate in media.


June 11, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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