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We the (Mainstream) Media

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I gave a citizen journalism workshop last night organized by Burlington's Center for Communities and Neighborhoods, an office of CEDO.

There was a lot of talk about blogs and citizen journalists vs. mainstream media. Funny, this morning, I saw Steven Johnson writing in the Chicago Tribune about how blogs are mainstream now.

Says Johnson:

"If it's not mainstream, blogging is pretty darnclose," says David Sifry, founder of Technorati (technorati.com), aburgeoning site built on the idea of tracking and sorting throughblogs. "We're seeing about 175,000 new Weblogs created every singleday, about two every second of every day."

Hard to be alternative, eh?

Incidentally, this is not the brilliant Steven Johnson who wrote Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities and Software and Everything Bad is Good For You.

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