"You Are The Media"
“Today you are the media, it is your duty to report and keep the hope alive,” - Mir Hossein Mousavi.
And if the people are the media, what does that mean for
"the media?" If no gatekeepers are necessary, then...well, I'm imagining that this weekend has taught the TV networks the fear newspapers have already felt for a long time. Because, though TV attempted to pretend there was nothing more important than a shuttle launch going on because of their lack of access to Iran(if TV can't own it, they try to make us forget it exists), it happened around and without them.Thousands and thousands of photos, hours and hours of footage, of history.
And not one bit of it was recorded by a professional, and no one owns any of it, nor will win awards for it. And that makes no difference. Everyone
is now a reporter.
The best the networks could do was play catch-up, and summarize what it could get from StateTV and the web. But in the time it took them to report one story, you can already see all their source material unfiltered from Youtube, Twitter, and others. From everywhere.
I found that, when I watched news on TV, it was not to see what was happening, because I already knew more than they were reporting. It was to see how much
of it they reported, and what angle they took on it. Eventually I stopped bothering.
The TV networks should take note of this. And be very frightened. Because perhaps we just don't need them anymore.
Labels: broadcast news, iran