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<![CDATA[PressThink: David Akin of CTV in Canada: It’s Not the Blog. It’s the Net. I met David Akin at a conference on participatory journalism in Toronto, put together by Len Witt and others. He moderated part of it. Extremely well-informed about Net developments and the media business in Canada and the U.S. Not ga-ga over […]

<![CDATA[PressThink: David Akin of CTV in Canada: It’s Not the Blog. It’s the Net.

I met David Akin at a conference on participatory journalism in Toronto, put together by Len Witt and others. He moderated part of it. Extremely well-informed about Net developments and the media business in Canada and the U.S. Not ga-ga over blogging and not dismissive of it, either. He stands for blog realism in the press.

For Akin, blogging is normalized practice, and that is how he speaks of it. He’s a television reporter, primarily. But he keeps a blog for a reason.

Before the recent meeting of Big Wigs on blogging, journalism and trust, I asked him some very basic questions about those three things. I was trying to find out if being a blogger made a difference to his journalism. As he pointed out, my questions often contained an assumption that didn’t hold. Read the whole interview….

Per my earlier posting, it’s not just about the act of publishing or mode of transmission, it’s how people get the news that has changed, too. The organization of audiences, if you can call people who talk back an audience (you can, but there is a point where reaction becomes interaction when it is no longer speaker-audience, but speakers engaged), has changed dramatically, perhaps evaporated into the social current.
Yet we persist in describing this in terms of the tools we use to create and present messages.
This is not a migration from print to Web, like the one we experienced from copying to print, it’s an evolution in the density and volume of information, as well as an overthrowing of the asynchronous flow of that information.]]>

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