It's refreshing to read an articulate defense of citizen journalism from someone with legitimate Old Media cred.
The relationship between "citizen media" and "traditional media" is complicated and evolving. I think it's an exciting time to be a professional journalist. It's important for us to be engaged in the evolution of our craft.
But I still see many traditional media-types — in both the mainstream and the alternative press — instinctively take a defensive stance every time the subject comes up. I think they have some legitimate concerns, but I often see those concerns obscured by anger and fear. It's disheartening. And frustrating.
Thanks, Dan, for having an open mind, and for being a kindred spirit.