Journalism, Blogging and the Real-Time Web

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    1. 1. Journalism, Blogging and the Real-Time Web<br />Kathy E. Gill<br />19 October 2010<br />
    2. 2. Journalism is, in the words of James W. Carey,“our day book, our collective diary, which records our common life. That which goes unrecorded goes unpreserved except in the vanishing moment of our individual lives.” <br />
    3. 3. Media Consumption Timeline<br />
    4. 4. A Short Internet Timeline<br />November 1990: one web host (CERN)<br />1994: the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives added web servers<br />1994: the San Jose Mercury News launched the first online newspaper<br />1998: ~300 million web pages<br />2000: Google had indexed 1B web pages<br />July 2008: Google had indexed 1T web pages<br />
    5. 5. Abbreviated Blogging Timeline<br />1999: Yahoo! buys GeoCities, host to 3.5 million individual Web sites (most abandoned!)<br />1999: the Poynter Institute starts the “MediaNews” blog<br />2002: Google buys Blogger; estimate of 500,000 blogs worldwide in total<br />February 2002: Salon and Fox News add blogs<br />2003: Iraq war gives rise to war blogger<br />2009: 6 million blogs on Wordpress.com; >1B monthly pageviews; Yahoo! shutters GeoCities<br />
    6. 6. Real-Time Reporting<br />The Charlotte Observer used a blog format to report on Hurricane Bonnie in August 1998; “Dispatches from the Coast” is the first known use of blog to cover a breaking news story.<br />
    7. 7. 1970<br />
    8. 8. 1989<br />
    9. 9. 2009<br />
    10. 10. What Changed?<br />
    11. 11. Increasingly Disintermediated<br />
    12. 12. TransmissionNetworks<br />
    13. 13. Transmission Speed<br />
    14. 14. Enter: The Real-Time Web<br />
    15. 15. Twitter & Iran<br />Amplified voices of dissent<br />Facilitated misinformation (intentional and unintentional)<br />Incomplete story<br />Emotional <br />Triggered MSM response<br />
    16. 16. Experiments In Live Tweets<br />Oregonian (note date launched)<br />Multi-organization collaboration – Washington Floods, 2009<br />A Contrarian View of Twitter and Iran, June 2009<br />
    17. 17. Rise Of The SmartPhone<br />
    18. 18. April 2009 “Mobile Technographics®”<br />Mobile Data Usage Cuts Across Age Groups<br />
    19. 19. iPhone Users Are Different<br />March 2008: 85% iPhone users accessed news & info v 13.1% all mobile users and 58% all smart phone users<br />
    20. 20. June 2009 “Working iPhone Owners Tap The Mobile Internet”<br />More Working iPhone Owners Use Social Media<br />
    21. 21. April 2009 “Mobile Technographics®”<br />Mobile Technographics: Understanding The Connected Consumer<br />
    22. 22. Positioning Mobile<br />First personal mass medium<br />First always-on mass medium<br />First always-carried mass medium<br />First mass medium where individuals can be identified<br />First mass medium to facilitate the “creative impulse”<br />Source: Mobile Design and Development (p39) and http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/2007/02/mobile_the_7th_.html<br />
    23. 23. Summary<br />Blogging is part of the web’s evolutionary path<br />The real time web (Twitter et al) is the next mediamorphosis<br />Impact on civic life will depend on media literacy efforts<br />
    24. 24. License<br />Creative Commons, share-and-share alike, attribution, non-commercial<br />Kathy E. Gill@kegillkegill@uw.eduhttp://faculty.washington.edu/kegillhttp://wiredpen.com/<br />
    25. 25. Credits<br />Kent State, photo John Paul Filo,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kent_State_shootings<br />Tank Man, http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/03/behind-the-scenes-tank-man-of-tiananmen/<br />Death of NedaAgha-Solton, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Neda_Agha-Soltan<br />

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