Nation Topics - Internet and New Media
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The fight over media consolidation is anachronistic. Progressives
should focus instead on mastering the tools of new media--it's here,
not in the corporate boardroom, where the new media wars will be fought
The music industry lives in fear of downloadable media, but artists
have the vision to re-engineer our collective psyche.
New forms of participatory media have changed public discourse,
enabling people to publish, share and disseminate their own media
creations. But will only the affluent be able to play?
The collapse of journalism and the rise of commercialism is sparking a
reform movement that will fight to ensure the First Amendment endures
in the digital age.
We don't need to buy a network to get our message out--just creatively
use an array of low-cost tools from the Internet to iPods, cellphones
and whatever comes next.
If the promise of new media is to be fulfilled, progressives must chart
a course of activism that confronts the increasing concentration of
ownership among the Big Media powerhouses.
The growing potential for netroots activists to define issues, mobilize voters and raise significant amounts of money drew politicians to the national
gathering, eager to leverage their advantage with netroots.
The massive immigrant rights protests drew participants via
technology-driven organizing, from text messaging to social networks
like MySpace. Is this the shape of political campaigns to come?
Despite pressure from Internet mavens, Congress edged closer this week to a pay-as-you-go Internet.
The real world is becoming more like a computer game every day. I worry that the computer itself is breeding little cyberhumans who will wander among us, sucking the humanity out of our ears.
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