Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Before Obama’s Address, Asking Social Media for Answers - NYTimes.com

A timely newspaper 2.0 reality check

Dan Gillmor, the author of “We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People” and a journalism instructor at Arizona State University, said it was important to remain cautious about the impact of how people are consuming real-time news, particularly given the erroneous reports that Representative Gabrielle Giffords had died in the shooting in Tucson in January.

“I think that we should be cautious about the value of these networks,” Mr. Gillmor said. “The value of these networks is huge for everyone involved, including the users. I think that we should be cautious about turning over all of our conversations to privately held companies that are in business for their shareholders in terms of things we control ourselves.”

Before Obama’s Address, Asking Social Media for Answers - NYTimes.com

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