Friday, April 20, 2007

What's It All Mean?

What does it all mean is a question I am asking myself today. The Question isn't about the Virginia Tech Killer or the Students who were his victims. No, It's about the growing role of internet on demand media.

With this Story we saw fast on the spot reporting of the events as they unfolded. Not just by traditional press like CNN, MSNBC, and Local News Broadcasts, but also by Bloggers and podcasters literally around the world. What we didn't see, interestingly enough was reports from the Students who were there at the "event". Yes, there was one student who pulled out his cell phone and took a few seconds of video. We saw THAT on national television.

But where was the Schools News Crew? Why is it we didn't see up to date YouTube Videos? Why wasn't a Stickam or Ustream member live and giving updates? Do you know why? Here's what I THINK..

THEY DIDN'T KNOW! Students were sent E-mails. This is true. But with technology what it is today, why in the world didn't the entire campus erupt in cell phone ring tones? Where were the INSTANT MESSAGES? Why weren't the Speakers across the campus sounding like the M*A*S*H PA Horns? " WARNING WOUNDED ARRIVING "

Could it possibly be in this world of Instant messages and Global communication, we don't think what happens in our "little part of the world" is important enough to share? Are we taking the power we have sitting on our desks, in our laps, in our pockets, and at our very fingertips for grated? Is it possible that We just don't understand the power of the tools we have and what it can mean to the world?

Certainly, the traditional media do. They can't wait to get online to embrace this new media for advertising. Web pages are so full of ads that they look like a New York Subway wall. Every radio station, television station, and Newspaper have a Dot Com today.

My Question isn't what can We do to change this... no.. My question is....

What Will YOU do? My Challenge to you is to get involved in reporting and sharing what happens in Your community however Big or Small and make a difference. The Only True Democracy is an Informed Democracy and You can make that a reality rather than a dream. Vlog, Blog, Podcast, ShoutCast and Contribute. What you have to say from Fact to Opinion is IMPORTANT & Needed.

Be Well! ~ Zen Archer

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