Sunday, December 17, 2006

Garfield on TIME: Person of the Year Now It's Your Turn:
"Journalists once had the exclusive province of taking people to places they'd never been. But now a mother in Baghdad with a videophone can let you see a roadside bombing, or a patron in a nightclub can show you a racist rant by a famous comedian. These blogs and videos bring events to the rest of us in ways that are often more immediate and authentic than traditional media. These new techniques, I believe, will only enhance what we do as journalists and challenge us to do it in even more innovative ways."
Thanks Kevin for pasting me in there.

We are all the media now.

It's exciting to see big media get it. I was telling TIME about this back in 2004.

See Me, Blog Me.
Boston-based music-video producer Steve Garfield, 46, is no ordinary blogger. Instead of simply posting his thoughts online in a chatty weblog like millions of others around the world, he links a Canon GL2 digital video camera to his laptop and uploads short clips of protest rallies, traffic short-cuts and even news events onto his personal Internet site.

Garfield belongs to a small but growing legion of video bloggers, or vloggers, who are turning the Web into a medium in which someday anyone could conceivably mount original programming, bypassing the usual broadcast networks and cable outlets. "My last entry was a news story about a local ice rescue, and this July I'm going to cover the Democratic Convention," says Garfield, who posts one or two new clips every month. "With cheaper digital cameras and cell phones that can also shoot video, more and more regular people like me will start becoming citizen-journalists."
From the Apr. 19, 2004 issue of TIME magazine.


  1. I think TIME should set up their frontpage using this trick:

    That way it is actually you on the cover on the web as well...

    Would work only with an isight camera i guess.

  2. Anonymous11:50 AM

    I'm reading a surprising amount of negative commentary about Time's decision on a number of lefty blogs.

    Kos said if they wanted to reward people-powered media, why not give it to the guys who started YouTube - because cultural elites (sorry to adopt that phrasology, but it fits) can't get their head around the fact that we don't need them as much anymore.

    Power to the riff raff!

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