Tuesday, February 27, 2007

We Are the Media

When I think about what I wrote in the last post, and I look at Zennie's video and I see so many cameras. So many people doing what he's doing. And so many people are doing it on Youtube and Google Video and Live Video and Revver and iFilm and so many other outlets, it makes you realize that in a sense we are becoming, or that we already are the media. That the old paradigm of waiting for some elite group of "journalists" to tell us what's news and what's not is fading slowly and thankfully away. We inform ourselves and we do a much more thorough and complete job of it than the conventional media, who are by definition not democratic and who, because of who owns them, and their closeness to power, must necessarily have their own agendas.

Barack Obama Hosted By Sen. Barbara Boxer In San Francisco

This is a video by Zennie Abraham, one of the people I met at As One San Francisco. He's in one of the videos below. It is a great example of the kind of citizen journalism that Youtube has the potential to produce. And is producing. It gives us a view we don't always get from the conventional media. I'm still trying to get around to the videos of people I met at As One SF and as I do I'm more and more impressed.