Media Re:public: My Year in the Church of the Web

December 2008
Nieman Reports;Winter2008, Vol. 62 Issue 4, p44
The author offers opinions on a research project at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society on the effects of the Internet on journalism, a project in which she was a participant. The experience is compared to a religious conversion. The traditional business model for mass media journalism of advertising-based revenues is seen as a false doctrine, supplanted by faith in the possibilities of online journalism with its increased citizen participation and interaction. At the same time, the author acknowledges that online journalism has yet to provide nearly as much information as is presented by traditional mass media. INSET: Media Re:public: Conclusions After a Year of Exploration.


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