(R)evolution in how we handle our deluge of digital information

In case you’re interested in revisiting the video we watched at the end of class Monday, I’ve embedded the html below:

As with the other video, the creator is Michael Wesch, who leads the digital ethnography project at Kansas State. Check out his interesting work. Better yet: Take a look at the influential and highly intriguing writings of Clay Shirky and David Weinberger. (Here’s a sample chapter from Weinberger’s book, “Everything is Miscellaneous.”)

Can you see any connections we ought to be making to journalism?

See you tomorrow.

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2 Responses to “(R)evolution in how we handle our deluge of digital information”


  1. 1 Caitlin W September 9, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    The sample chapter of Weinberger’s book is very interesting; in terms of news, I could envision a way of tagging news stories from multiple angles, and then having people type in general search terms to bring up the stories they might be interested in. For example, if someone was interested in new music technology, they could type in those three words to a search bar on the New York Times’ website, and stories about Zune, iTunes, the new Apple iPod Nano, and all of the rest would come up. My thinking could definitely still be too “orderly” here; I am a VERY organized person, so it’s hard for me to think outside of that particular box:)

  2. 2 Briana C September 11, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    “Instead of everything having its place, it’s better if things can get assigned multiple places simultaneously.”

    I think that statement is key in the argument that journalism is becoming more of a service that is consumer oriented. If news becomes something with a “miscellaneous order,” where people can access the information they want with a search mechanism like Caitlin described, it will also help the theory of the “glocal” environment. Though people can access all types of information, i can’t help but think that the information will be limited by topic. I love the life and arts section, but without seeing other tabs/pages, I would most likely neglect the sports, business, metro, etc. pages. People will be able to ignore information they don’t care to read more easily than ever. In terms of the internet, i think the idea of miscellaneous organization is wonderful, but i think it could hace a couple more downsides than upsides for the field of journalism.
    -Briana


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