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Published on Dec 9, 2008
Public participation in the media, enabled by the Internet, is a burgeoning and evolving phenomenon that has both positive and negative effects.
Dramatic changes in the traditional news media are occurring in parallel to the rise in participation, primarily due to the disruption of their business models by new distribution systems.
Simple dichotomies new vs. old, mainstream media vs. blogosphere do not accurately describe the current environment, with its complex interdependencies among media entities with different structures and motivations. The distinctions between professional and amateur are blurring, and the definitions of commercial, public and community media are shifting.
Media Re:Public seeks to identify areas where the media environment is succeeding in providing the public with accurate and complete news, and where it may not be.