Philosophy

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Participation
by Rodrigo Davies

Spike Lee joins Zach Braff and Rob Ford’s Veronica Mars on the list of celebrities to turn to Kickstarter to fund a project. It now seems that no star is too big  —  or too cool  —  to crowdfund. But what does the arrival of big names mean for the future of crowdfunding? With big […] more »

Philosophy
by Desiree Everts

The MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference has just wrapped up in Cambridge, Mass., and Michael Maness, who leads Knight’s Journalism and Media Innovation program, gave a closing presentation that highlighted key quotes and ideas that grabbed people’s attention over the duration of the event. Ethan Zuckerman, director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, started […] more »

Philosophy
by Jon Vidar

For the last five months, I have been running a journalism training program in the West Bank and Jerusalem. We started out with the best intentions, a four-person team and 40 cameras strapped to our backs. Within three months, political activists had run us out of the West Bank, half our team was deported from […] more »

Philosophy
by David Cohn

I couldn’t be more excited to join Circa, a new media startup, as “founding editor.” Part of the excitement is because, as the title suggests, it’s not your average editorial job. There are elements to the editorial process of Circa that will be unique. They will be defined and perhaps redefined as we go. That’s the nature […] more »

Philosophy
by Matt Stempeck

ROFLCon returned recently to MIT, bringing together the things and people who are famous on the Internet. Ethan Zuckerman, the director of the MIT Media Lab Center for Civic Media and co-founder of the citizen journalist network Global Voices, was the moderator. He’s probably best known for the Cute Cat Theory of Digital Activism. There […] more »

Philosophy
by David Cohn

Yesterday I announced the next project I’m going to work on which will focus on mobile news consumption (Circa). As a result, I’ve been thinking a lot about screens. In the future, consumers will not make a distinction between their television, phone or computer screens. The only difference will be the size of each screen, its […] more »

Philosophy
by David Cohn

For this month’s Carnival of Journalism I am going to invoke the rule of “no apologies” and change the question a bit. Host Steve Outing asks: “What emerging technology or digital trend do you think will have a significant impact on journalism in the year or two ahead?” I don’t think it will be a […] more »

Philosophy
by J. Nathan Matias

A version of this post first appeared on the Center for Civic Media blog. Is our appetite for tasty celebrity news and comfortable opinions creating a toxically polarized society? What should our information diet be, and how would we measure it? Who’s responsible for changing the media? At the Center for Civic Media, Clay Johnson, […] more »

Philosophy
by Jeffrey Warren

Public Laboratory is made up of a diverse group of contributors, some working from their homes or garages, some from their workplaces or even university labs. What brings us together is the idea that open-source, collaborative development can result in inexpensive and accessible environmental sensing. But to many, the way our community operates can be […] more »

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