Media Re:Public - Internet
Networked News and Public Discourse Session Organizers: Persephone Miel, Jake Shapiro
New media forms have dramatically changed the way news and information are gathered, packaged and disseminated. Anyone with Internet access can get and comment on political reporting and commentary from myriad perspectives, report on her/his own experiences, connect with fellow members of nearly any group imaginable, find out more than seems possible to know about the technical tools and toys that we love and hate and watch video of violence and natural disasters across the world as easily as those from down the street. What's missing? What issues, places, communities are not being reached or represented? What dynamics affect what is able to be meaningfully heard in the overcrowded information space? What are most promising models to expand the power of the network into new areas: news and information that cross traditional borders, require long-term collaborative efforts, or involve populations who have not joined the online world for whatever reason?