The people formerly known as the audience
Great stuff from Jay Rosen:
The people formerly known as the audience are those who were on the receiving end of a media system that ran one way, in a broadcasting pattern, with high entry fees and a few firms competing to speak very loudly while the rest of the population listened in isolation from one another— and who today are not in a situation like that at all. Brilliant.
- Once it was your radio station, broadcasting on your frequency. Now that brilliant invention, podcasting, gives radio to us. And we have found more uses for it than you did.
- Shooting, editing and distributing video once belonged to you, Big Media. Only you could afford to reach a TV audience built in your own image. Now video is coming into the user’s hands, and audience-building by former members of the audience is alive and well on the Web.
- You were once (exclusively) the editors of the news, choosing what ran on the front page. Now we can edit the news, and our choices send items to our own front pages.
The people formerly known as the audience are simply the public made realer, less fictional, more able, less predictable. You should welcome that, media people. But whether you do or not we want you to know we’re here.
- A highly centralized media system had connected people “up” to big social agencies and centers of power but not “across” to each other. Now the horizontal flow, citizen-to-citizen, is as real and consequential as the vertical one.
He references mainstream moguls including Mark Thompson, Rupert Murdoch, Tom Glocer, Tom Curley, who echo Dave Winer's thoughts from 1994.
Better late than never.
He talks about others who still don't get it and points out the fallacy of those who continue to refer to the public as merely "eyeballs." Fact is, for every Mark Thompson there are thousands of dinosaurs.
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Wednesday, June 28, 2006