Sunday, October 17, 2004

It's a NEW beginning

And Alan gave a great speech on how blogs, as well as the internet in general, have played a role in that new beginning. This is most telling:

How fast are we?

...When Edwards was selected as the Vice Presidential nominee, our first post was up at 7:43 a.m., citing a red banner on Then at 7:54 a.m. I posted, from my hotel room, that NPR had made the announcement official, and sent out a breaking news alert, one which preceded the CNN breaking news alert by almost three hours.

And here’s the kicker … we weren’t even first. The story had first broken overnight on an aviation enthusiast web site, where one of the authors had noticed the Kerry campaign jet at Pittsburgh International now read “Kerry/Edwards” … a great example of the law of the flow AND the law of the fast...

Nothing is sacred (so to speak) anymore. The "flow" of information is not restricted and any aware citizen can break the story on his/her blog or website. My guess is that part of the speech was the most frightening to the establishment media. Was it because these guys knew before the media? I doubt it. It is more likely a number of journalists had the information and were waiting to announce it as requested by the campaign. What is frightening to these people is they NO LONGER can control information. They know their power lies in their ability to decide WHEN and/or IF that information is distributed. Not anymore.

UPDATE: And now Reynolds just decided to show what the next level of blogging is going to be. Yeah, it's not going to be too long before the networks abandon their news divisions.

MORE: Jeff Jarvis sees the future right around the corner, too. (via Reyonolds, of course)