Video: My panel with Shirky and Keen

As some of you may know, I was asked by the folks at Ryerson University’s Journalism School (one of my alma maters) to host/moderate a panel on “What’s Next For News” last week, as a kickoff for the school’s “Wordstock” event, and it was my pleasure to welcome Clay Shirky — author of Here Comes Everybody and of a number of great think pieces about the future of media — and Andrew Keen, notorious Web 2.0 gadfly and cultural critic, and author of The Cult of the Amateur. We had some audio difficulties, and I rambled on a bit during my intro (as I often tend to do) but once we got into the questions we had some great back-and-forth on topics such as transparency and objectivity, the rise of Twitter, the similarities between what’s happening to media now and the Gutenberg revolution, and many others. The entire event was videotaped, and I’ve embedded part one here. You can find the other three parts at

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  1. @Mathewi @cshirky @ajkeen Continuing the Reformation metaphor used by Shirky & Keen at #whatsnext, I think the opportunity lies in the phase that followed the Reformation – the Enlightenment.

    The Reformation re-balanced the power between individuals and institutions. It also created demand for a new model to create new order when individuals have more power and thus the Enlightenment. During the Enlightenment, the Philosophes talked about the need for brotherhood (fraternite) and community. The formers of the American Constitution considered how to establish a model that balanced individual freedom with responsibility to neighbors, cities, states and ultimately a nation.

    Similarily, if Social Media is analogous to the Reformation stage, then I think Social Media is creating demand for a model that creates a new order. In a recent post, I discuss the need for order among individuals. Ironically, to transform the current media industry to meet this need, it will also take a model that transforms the dissonance of stakeholders talking to “themselves” to a conversation on how to collaborate.

    Here is the post entitled, “When all voices are equal but separate, community is scarce.”

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