Amateur media

As the media becomes more restricted by the powers that be independent amateur media might be the way forward for democracy.

I remember I had a long and ugly debate with Bernard and Sara one night over a couple of bottles of wine. I proposed that with the advent of cheap media devices, and internet community sharing sites, we would not have to rely on the commercial main stream media completely anymore for information on current events. As the media becomes more restricted by the powers that be independent amateur media might be the way forward for democracy.

Examples from the recident London bombing:

  1. The London Bomb Blast Pool
  2. Wikipedias ‘7 July 2005 London bombings‘ entry was up to the minute
  3. London Explosions @ Londonist

Update: Seems I’m not the only one thinking this way.

8 thoughts on “Amateur media”

  1. hmm an interesting point. i suppose it comes down to choosing to read a leet blog for news or checking out traditional media sites. Its the difference between a well researched, produced and published document versus “the planez flu str8 into tha building!!! Click on the link to see it in flash with Saddam in the backgrnd”

    Besides who watches the news anyway?!? Its ALL propaganda (cue x-files theme)

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