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Journalism, Blogging and the Real Time Web

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Lecture for COM495, Digital Communication Technologies

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Journalism, Blogging and the Real Time Web

  1. 1. Journalism, Blogging and the Real-Time Web<br />Kathy E. Gill<br />12 October 2009<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; &gt;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. June 2009 “Working iPhone Owners Tap The Mobile Internet”<br />More Working iPhone Owners Use Social Media<br />
  20. 20. April 2009 “Mobile Technographics®”<br />Mobile Technographics: Understanding The Connected Consumer<br />
  21. 21. 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 />
  22. 22. 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 />
  23. 23. 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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