The quote of the day today on my iGoogle page is "Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one", by A. J. Liebling, a journalist for The New Yorker from the mid 30s to the mid 60s. At the time, of course, print wasn't heavily accessible to the everyman, partiularly for the amount of time needed for setup of a print. It was all lithographic, as photographic processes were just barely being introduced.
However nowadays, the nature of press itself is changing. Print is losing popularity, as more and more people turn to the internet for their news. And on the internet, everyone is the press. Everyone can make content, everyone can report their information. Blogs, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, the list goes on and on, as the mass of everyone's press continues to grow. An explosion of information, an exponentially growing press. User generated, user run, and user approved. The freedom of press applies now to everyone, as everyone is now the press.
Date posted: 10 July, 2009 Tags: internet new_alexandria
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