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Media executives: free speech is the biggest threat to their business 4/17/07

Posted by Steve Boriss in Free speech, Media, News, User-generated content.

That may not be exactly how they would put it, but it is exactly what they mean. And, they are absolutely right. According to a survey by Accenture, “user-generated content” was named by 57 percent of media executives as one of the top three issues they face today. Hmmm…where have we seen this before? More than 500 years ago, before the printing press was invented, news systems were also dominated by “user-generated content,” more commonly known as “word of mouth.” Everyone was a generator, sender, and receiver of news. The printing press ultimately took most individuals out of the news creation and distribution business, a trend that only accelerated with the introduction of the steam engine-powered printing press, telegraph, radio, and television. Individuals were yanked off the news stage and placed into the audience as quiet spectators. The Internet is changing all that. Individuals are leaving their seats, rushing down the aisles, and leaping back onto the news stage. They are once again creating and distributing news, some even showing the gall to insert their own lives into the news (e.g. MySpace). In the area of news, our speech — our free speech — is returning. Great for America. For Old Media? Not so much.


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