newmediaissymmetricalconversation (ThoughtStorms)

Part of ThoughtsOnNewMedia

Here's what makes new media special : to use a recent buzz word, it's peer-to-peer. People increasingly contribute as much "content" as they receive.

They just want to, even when it costs them financially. Echoes of this shift can be noted even in TV. Look at recent succesful interactive game-shows, "You've Been Framed", "Video Nation". And an interesting case : "Crime Watch", where viewers help to solve real crimes by contributing knowledge and reward money. Charity telethons can achieve the same behaviour.

One possibility in the future of new media is the arrival of viewer relationship management : tools and facilities that help organize the contributions of viewers. The community management capabilities of the ACS are just the first step.

Of course, when you suggest a P2P media future, you can be met with a couple of ObjectionsToSymmetry


One of the potentially coolest things about the deprofesionalization of a symmetrical P2P media means that it's cheap and doesn't need to feed off advertising :-)



Yahoo's counterproductive pyramid : http://www.yardley.ca/blog/index.php/archives/2006/02/21/yahoos-counterproductive-pyramid/

(OnYahoo)


See also :

** Talk back to journalism : http://journalism.nyu.edu/pubzone/weblogs/pressthink/2004/03/17/patterico_wins.html


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