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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Inventing Citizen Journalism

Ethan Zuckerman writes about his time at the Berkman center yesterday in, Happy Birthday, Ben!:
"...I find my time in Cambridge endlessly fascinating. I was thinking about Ben [ Franklin ] as I watched Steve Garfield interview Dan Bricklin. Bricklin was the co-inventor of Visicalc, the first spreadsheet application, a piece of software which brought about business computing as we know it. His newest invention is wikiCalc, a wiki spreadsheet. Documents created with wikiCalc look like formatted spreadsheets, but are editable like wiki pages...

Armed with a video camera and a mic emblasoned with the logo of video blog Rocketboom, Steve Garfield followed Bricklin through a demo, contextualizing the significance of a wiki spreadsheet for his video podcast audience. I realized that I was watching Garfield help invent citizen video journalism while Bricklin invents wiki spreadsheets."
Video coming soon...This video captures the moment.

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