Interesting quote from Dan Gillmor via TheTwoWayWeb: “”Using the Web for a ‘write’ medium as well as a ‘read’ one – that’s the interesting technical part for me … Journalism is turning into a conversation. It’s making my job easier.” I really like that, that conversation part. That’s what journalism should be, a back and forth exchange between provider and consumer. Weblogs have the potential to let us all share what we know, add our own spin, correct and refine what the media gives us. It helps me think about what I read and make sense of it, and share that sense if I so choose. Imagine journalism at the high school level that allows students to join the conversation at the gut level. Writing, thinking, communicating…community?
From Design for Community via Sarah: “”Weblogs are inherently social creatures, just like the people that create them. If you step back and view them from afar, you can see why they’re so effective. They form communities, almost by accident.” But first you have to create the space.