[As a courtesy to our guests, please keep comments to the book. Please take other conversations to a previous thread. - bev]
Barry Eisler, Host:
Hard to imagine FDL readers don’t already know all about today’s guest, Dan Gillmor, but for anyone who’s stopping by here for the first time, a few thoughts. Dan’s a journalist and blogger (a distinction that I believe has become more cultural than technological) and a professor of journalism with the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Dan does invaluable work in holding the media accountable (I feel confident NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen would describe him, along with Dan Froomkin, as an “accountability journalist”) and in analyzing the ways in which emerging technology enables an engaged citizenry to hold the media accountable, too. His latest book, Mediactive, is a guide intended to help news consumers become less passive and more active, and to enable news consumers to become news producers — what Dan calls “citizen journalism.”
Dan, with regard to how news consumers can become more active, Clay Shirky writes in his great foreword to the book, “Dan wants us to encourage media to supply better information by helping us learn to demand better information.” I love this concept and hope we’ll talk more about it today. To get that conversation started, could you tell us more about specific things news consumers can do to hold news providers to account? Any noteworthy recent examples of such behavior and its effects?