In a conversation hosted by Knight Media Policy Fellow Tom Glaisyer, Dan Gillmor calls on us to become more active consumers and creators of media. Gillmor is the Director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism and author of Mediactive. The theme of Mediactive, and Gillmor’s conversation, is about upgrading consumers, professional journalists, and media policy to improve interaction in the changing media ecosystem.
In his discussion, Gillmor offered guidance for media literacy in a participatory age. He urges media creators to stand on principles of independence, accuracy, fairness, thoroughness and transparency, and recommends that we reconsider the importance of belief in the media and replace it with trust, a shift that is more appropriate for the emergence of multiple new voices and engenders better accountability. It is important for individuals and communities to have their own spaces, lest they allow others to define them.
“We’re only in the top of the second inning of the progression of social media,” declared Gillmor. With new powerful tools for participation, he says it is crucial for new and independent voices to shape the direction of the media ecosystem as it goes through a long transition. Gillmor also offered some commentary on Wikileaks’ place in the “journalistic ecosystem,” the role of machine and data analysis along with human intelligence in media’s future, and his love for Creative Commons licenses and free ebooks. He expressed hope that, if we successfully adapt our journalistic institutions, media policy and education for all participants, the future of media will be vibrant and productive.
This event is co-sponsored by the New America Foundation and Arizona State University.