Category Archives: Power of new media

David Carr — Good Point, Weak History

David Gregory said out loud to one of our new model journalists what many of the old variety have, I fear, been thinking: “The question of who’s a journalist may be up to a debate with regard to what you’re doing.” The … Continue reading

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Journalistic Authority — Reconsidered

My colleague Jay Rosen tackles a question much on my mind lately: how journalists obtain authority. For me it’s one corner of the larger question of what standards we might use to evaluate journalism now that journalism is, once again, expanding beyond … Continue reading

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Missing the Political Power of the Internet

Television was probably the new form of communication that lent itself most to control by the powers that were. In the early decades of the medium’s history, a television transmitter was sufficiently expensive so that it was well beyond the … Continue reading

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Are New Media Destabilizing?

Wikileaks. Tunisia.  Egypt.  Yemen.  Bahrain.  Libya.  Iran. Media theorists Harold Innis and Ben Bagdikian have trumpeted the destabilizing power of new forms of communication.  Are we now witnessing instability spurred by the arrival of the Internet? Innis, who died in 1952, is … Continue reading

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New Media and the American Revolution

The argument that various new social media did not contribute much to the popular uprising in Egypt had a pretty good run during the first weeks of that uprising. Frank Rich quoted, approvingly, Malcolm Gladwell on the subject: “’surely the … Continue reading

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