At one point in "Journalism and Digital Media" (C-Span) Chrystia Freeland (@cafreeland; Global Editor at Large; Reuters) talks about "the lack of a common space" and somewhat later on (just after the 41 minute mark) makes a lovely point about how social media like Twitter sometimes surfaces very fine academic papers via outlets such as Thompson, Reuters, and Bloomberg. What I've been working on (for years and years) is a way of bridging that disconnect by tapping into individual's urge to discuss, or debate, or converse. I chose an approach that focuses on discourse. What if there was a "space" (i.e. a web system, in the sense that Wikipedia is a "space) where the nuts and bolts of issues could be explored at a very fine grain?
"Everyone can have their own opinion, but not everyone can have their own facts" is something I approached using cog-psych and historiography. (I'm resisting the urge to bring in post-modernism!) What I realized is that, by exploring the "facts", we end up exploring the subjective narrative that gives material its meaning.
Journalism and Digital Media – C-SPAN Video Library
Panelists spoke about the impact of digital media on journalism. Among the topics they addressed were the use of increasingly available technology by “citizen journalists,” the use of social media for…
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