Stuff that matters : the rise and rise of open news
Bruns, Axel (2004) Stuff that matters : the rise and rise of open news. In The Twelfth International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA 2004), 15-22 August 2004, Tallinn, Estonia ; Helsinki, Finland.
Open news Websites such as the sites of the Indymedia network, Kuro5hin, and Plastic, remove the privileged role of site editors, while retaining the sense of trust and identity which their work can contribute to the site. This represents a truly open form of collaborative news publishing, and finally puts all power into the hands of users, who become what we might call ‘produsers’; it also leads to true unadulterated multiperspectivality.
Such publishing models need to break quite decisively with traditional journalistic news reporting models – they need “to develop ways of telling stories which are issues-focussed, without replicating the conflict-based narrative structures of the established media” and without taking on the distanced and detached stance of traditional journalism. As Rushkoff puts it, “the age of irony may be over, not just because the American dream has been interrupted by terrorism and economic shocks but because media-savvy Westerners are no longer satisfied with understanding current events through the second-hand cynical musings of magazine journalists. They want to engage more directly and they see almost every set of rules as up for reinterpretation and re-engineering.”
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