Shirky Chapter 3

This sudden shift in the way amateur user-generated content has challenged professional journalism is the first of what I believe will be many changes in mass media that will occur during mine or my children’s generation. Essentially, the rise of blogging and other online publishing has broken down the professional barriers of journalism. No longer must one hold a degree or two and have their work published by a large publishing company or written-word outlet to be a published author.
A downfall of this “mass amateurization” is that because anyone with an internet connection and basic grammar and typing skills can potentially become an author, that the value of the written words as a means of communicating important ideas will decrease. A blogger can either write about the current political revolution or natural disaster or war happening in their country, or start a blog about the day-to-day activities of their cat.


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