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Thinking about the NUJ delegate meeting. We all agree we need a union, but it isn’t obvious what is its role, used to be about negotiating with the bosses, but now we are all our own bosses so a bit schizophrenic to be negotiating with our selves.

The digital age is in transition. Many in the new media are working for nothing, for nothing, where we should work for nothing for something. What is the something we should be working for? To repeat as the majority of people in the media (for a while) will be paid nothing would be good if they were working for something to help them be paid something in future.

Huffingtion post and comment is free – are not good models for being paid in the future, they are both about investing in somebody else’s brand. Of the two the garden is less evil but still evil (in the digital senses) and the huff po has sold out already to AOL?


With power in a few hands, in the woping dispute the industry had the technology and used it to smash the union. Now failing industry is braking the union but the difference is we own the technology. Why don’t we use it.

The transition is painful and the outcome is unsertern.

With the new media, with everybody becoming there own journalist, but the same forces are still struggling for control.



That’s a bit of a strong statement, but its a positive statement if you whont to be empowered. At the hart of the DIY project is empowering and inspiring people to do things for themselves with out mediation or highrackys to filter or control them.

After the second world war the old-boys network was progressive, during the 1980's this progressives was shifted as we forgot why social democratic polices were enacted in the 20th century.

Gutenberg – Bible translation into English

Canals to railways

Technology change is a constant and we are currently going through a digital transition

Murdoch world view has been internalised by our current traditional media,

We are now in the space of re-creating gatekeepers in social networks such as Facebook, the new gatekeepers are the algorithms which currently have non of the mythical journalistic values that existed in the late 20th century

If we think of the new digital commons as traditional media Twitter is like the Guardian were Facebook is like Times, Youtube is ITV and Vimeo is the BBC

what is the role of a gatekeepers?

In the 20th century they were the newspaper bosses and there chosen editors, all we had for media was street corners leaflets and limited print run papers

Anacranisams the BBC is a media that puts you in prision if you donot pay a media tax... what a strange way to fund media?!

commercial media which is full of advertisements, that interrupt which we are lerning more and more not to except currently with moden webbrouser Firefox 14,052,425usersuse adblocker and crome over 8 million users non of these 22 millions people even see the ads that media producer hope will keep there empires from crumbling. This is the LIVE reported numbers for two webbrousers the real numbers are much higher.

hhdfhhd in the digital transition things change fast, the indymedia was created by

open publishing softer created in Austrailer, triled in the UK at RCS and then came to public attention in Seattle then rapidly spread around the world. Indymedia was unmediated cooperative journalism at its core was the idea of self publishing to a comein space.

Blogging was technology that allowed the flourishing of a more libertarian internet, your own space in the digital commons. But agen the libertarian dream was fractured by the technical reality, you still had to be a geek to run your own server so the vanst major of blogger went the one-click root of corporate hosting. And the rigger of DIY was lead to the fading of the bloging dream...

Were indymedia only needed a minority of people to publish occasional for it to flourish, blogging needs constant care of the individual to stay alive. The one that could

Social network raise of the snobbery

The tradition slogan of united we stand and divided we fall has been true through the digital transition, indymedia we were united, blogging divided, etc. myspace came up from the bottom, were facebook camedowen from the top (harved, MIT, the redbricks, regional) myspace was a horizontal mess, facebook a rigid dictatorship.

A postative future for media sees a wholesale de-profernalisam of media production and distribution, the numbers of full time paid media producers will fall by a factor of 100, that is for ever person paid to produce, distribute media in the turn of the centery only 1 in 100 will be paid to do it in the positive view of the future of media. The logical transition of digitaisation will being a shift from a small elite (paid) minority to a large amorphous (unpaid) majority,

ethical aggregation of individual bloggers through subject hubs. Then it is up to he audience if they like there news from different algorithms, editorial teams or individual's and we can mix and match so that probably the best outlets will be just this – a balanced view. And if you are interested in a subject you can find a hub that covers it. From this each persion has a voice and the people who Wright, research, and scupe the best will be seen with out reoveing the lesser voices. It will encurage minoraty voices by giving them there owen space.

What it dose is re-create the internet as a publishing platform. It builds the simantic web adhock, rather then top dowen, this is the only way anything of value has been built on the internt so lets get to it.

At the moment each website is an island isolated, what brings them together is corporate search engines, corporate algorithms in social media, and to a lesser extent real people linking real sites. (link to left linking article) 

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