News Droplets

Posted by on Sep 18, 2011 in 2011, Choken Word, Featured, New Media

I report. Media collides. All voices compete to be heard. From the lips of few to the ears of many. Top down or bottom up. Now all words spoken can be searched. Corporate or public. Citizens or professionals. Hyperlocal or through the wire. Houses will always be on fire. But where. Big media now needs all eyes and ears. Zero in and you might have a place. Maybe featured with your avatar face. Using your smart phone while in the battle zone. Tweet in real-time headlines that might be used by the Times.

The specifics of content are changing. Citizen journalists cover more. See more. The crowd will always know more. Professionals do fact checking many say. But who can we believe today as we watch the talking heads and pay. I can google that quote and know right now. See where those stats came from and where they were found. Citizens are part of the growing knowledge pool. Big media has begun to assimilate all voices like droplets into the flow. Like the water cycle our news is in states. All knowledge pulled from the oceans and streams. The cloud condenses all data and spits it out through the stratosphere. Where those droplets fall many fear.

Let us now hope when any government decides to slaughter. That their are citizen journalists willing to carry the cross and pain of stigmata. Fear of taking the photo or writing the story that could lead to justice. Let us now hope that when these photos arrive. That corporate owned media doesn’t decide to hide the truth that could save thousands of lives. That their agenda is not set by the same lobbyists who buy votes and decide what story is alive. Frustrated. Weary. But hopeful.



  1. Christine
    September 19, 2011

    I wasn’t clear what was happening in this video so I checked out the story. As far as I can gather, the police officer received a short sentence for this killing that took place in 2009 and is now released. Compare this to the alleged shooting of a police officer by Troy Davis who is on death row awaiting execution this week, for whom there is no evidence linking him to the crime and where 7 out of 9 witnesses have retracted their statements. Behind the facade of a “justice system” where all are supposed to be equal before the law, lie deep-seated prejudices which subvert justice to the extent that the system itself becomes the injustice system. In addressing injustice on a case-by-case basis we are constantly in the position of a never-ending defensiveness of human rights. As LKJ observed in the 1970s, all we are doing is defending. When one is on the defensive, this inevitably leads to frustration, anger, aggression and violence. So a peaceful revolution can only come from refusing to take the lessser position of the defender and getting one step ahead of the aggressive system, which would put us in charge and enable us to proceed peacefully. I am not sure how this can be achieved.

  2. Christine
    September 19, 2011

    On the subject of media, when people complain about lack of coverage from mainstream media I remind them that WE are the new media. There are citizens in place at these events who are recording and uploading the information. It is up to us to distribute it.

  3. Byron King
    September 21, 2011

    I agree 100 percent on your thoughts of new media. YouTube is our eyes and Twitter is our ears. Who needs Big Media when we collectively can cover any story ourselves without any share holders setting the agenda.

    I haven’t been keeping up on the Troy Davis story as much I should be as I’ve been following the #OccupyWallstreet event. This post was specific to the Oscar Grant case and how it was covered on YouTube. The LKJ song is right on. I’m not sure either.

    I am thinking of Troy Davis. 7 pm EST I hope he meets someone on the other side or is one with everything. Regardless I wish him the best and I am sad our justice system failed him.


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