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"Don't hate the media. Become the media."

- Jello Biafra


This section, started in June 2006, is meant as an introduction on how peer to peer processes are affecting the media world, broadly conceived.

(Items from the P2P Encyclopedia are not fully ported; done from A TO D, i.e. first two columns)

Please also check our other section on Open Music Concepts.

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"Publication is not the production of books but the production of a public for whom those books have meaning. There is no pre-existing public. The public is created through deliberate, willful acts: the circulation of texts, discussions and gatherings in physical space, and the maintenance of a related digital commons. These construct a common space of conversation, a public space, which beckons a public into being. This is publication in its fullest sense."

- castillo/corrales - Section 7 books [1]

The Key Problem

The Internet has democratized the means of self-expression, but it has not democratized the rewards of self-expression.

- Adam Kirsch [2]

The New Literacy

Literacy means being able to consume and produce the media forms of the day. The default media form has shifted from the essay to the multimedia collage.

- Jason Ohler [3]

Against communication monopolies

"A monopoly on the means of communication may define a ruling elite more precisely than the celebrated Marxian formula of `monopoly in the means of production.' Since man extends his nervous system though channels of communication like the written word, the telephone, radio, etc., he who controls these media controls part of the nervous system of every member of society. The contents of these media become part of the contents of every individual's brain."

— Robert Anton Wilson

The real business of publishing

The huge opportunity for book publishers is to get unstuck. You're not in the printing business. The life and death of trees is not your concern. You're in the business of leveraging the big ideas authors have. There are a hundred ways to do that, yet book publishers obsess about just one or two of them.

- Seth Godin [4]

A true democracy needs symmetrical media

"We must understand how the dominant organizing principle our national communications infrastructure shapes and determines our politics. If we want a truly democratic politics, based on the notions of equality with justice and fairness for all, based upon truly symmetrical relationships, we will have to have a communications paradigm that supports that goal."

- Extreme Democracy [5]

Media of Flow

The value in media is no longer in sources but in flows; when we collaborate in sharing our cognitive surplus, it creates value that doesn't exist when we operate in isolation.

- Clay Shirky [6]

Algorithmic Authority

Algorithmic authority is the decision to regard as authoritative an unmanaged process of extracting value from diverse, untrustworthy sources, without any human standing beside the result saying “Trust this because you trust me.” This model of authority differs from personal or institutional authority. … Algorithmic authority handles the “Garbage In, Garbage Out” problem by accepting the garbage as an input, rather than trying to clean the data first; it provides the output to the end user without any human supervisor checking it at the penultimate step; and these processes are eroding the previous institutional monopoly on the kind of authority we are used to in a number of public spheres, including the sphere of news.

- Clay Shirky [7]

Key Resources

  1. A Global Map of Alternative Media, compiled by the Alternative Media Global Project
  2. Video WTF is a collaboratively moderated place to ask and answer any question about video cameras, editing, production, publishing, promotion, etc.
  3. Social Media Glossary: 100 keywords

Key Articles

  1. David Weinberger: Objectivity without Transparency is Arrogance
  2. The New News Ecology. By Jeff Jarvis.
  3. Ethan Zuckerman on the Dangers of Homophily
  4. Guide to Citizen Journalism. Report by Chris Willis and Shayne Bowman, with videos.


  1. What's the difference between Internet TV and IP-TV?
  2. Cory Doctorow: Three Reasons to Give Your Books Away for Free
  3. Key Essay: Unevenly Distributed: Production Models for the 21st Century.Mark Pesce
  4. Sasaki, D. (2008). An Introductory Guide to Global Citizen Media. from
  5. Essay: Television 2.0: YouTube and the Emergence of Homecasting. José van Dijck

How To:

  1. How To Do Almost Anything With Social Media: overview of 2008 tutorials in the Mashable website


  1. Overview of alternative media, at

Key Blogs

The must-follow blog is from Dr. Michael Strangelove:

  1. Watching YouTube


  1. Open Media Review: monitoring the best of what open media have to offer
  2. Media Shift: tracks how new media -- from weblogs to podcasts to citizen journalism -- are changing society and culture.

Selection from Valentin Spirik:

  1. The CamcorderInfo Blog is "All About Shooting, Editing and Polishing Your Videos" and has a notable Ethics Policy.
  2. Self-Reliant Filmmaking "is what makes a filmmaker independent"
  3. the Workbook Project is "a social open source experiment for content creators"
  4. CinemaTech is about "Digital cinema, democratization, and other trends remaking the movies"
  5. NewTeeVee focuses on the more mainstream aspects of the online video evolution.
  6. HD For Indies is about "High Definition Video for Independent Filmmakers"
  7. BlenderNation brings "Fresh Blender News, Every Day"


  1. 100 Best Blogs for New Media Students: excellent selection

Key Books

  1. Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production. Axel Bruns.
  2. Convergence Culture. Henry Jenkins.
  3. Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet
  4. Berkman Center Report 2008: State of Digital Media [8]
  5. The Video Vortex Reader: responses to youtube. Edited by Geert Lovink and sabine niederer. Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam 2008 [9]
  6. Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press. by Eric Boehlert. Free Press, 280 pp.,
  7. And Then There's This: How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture. by Bill Wasik. Viking, 202 pp.,

Key Podcasts on P2P Media Developments

  1. Dan Gillmor on Grassroots Journalism
  2. Interview with Jeff Jarvis on the Loss of Control by the Media
  3. James Boyle on Re-Inventing the Gatekeeper

Key Webcasts on P2P Media Developments

A video about the open media movement


  1. Mark Pesce on the Digital Media Revolution
  2. Peter Buckingham on the Digital Media Revolution
  3. Are Netlabels Long Tail Niches or the Blueprint for the Future
  4. Beyond Broadcasting Summary Video
  5. Carlos Garcia on Scrapblogging


  1. David Denby on the Future Movies
  2. Democratization of the Moving Image

Media Commons Issues

  1. Mark Cooper on Public Airwaves as a Common Asset
  2. Martin Cooper on a Spectrum Policy for the 21st Century
  3. Open Spectrum Panel

Copyright Issues

  1. IP Rights and Revenue Models for Public Communications
  2. JD Lessica on the Future of Darknets
  3. John Perry Barlow Debates Movie Filesharing
  4. Negativland Mark Hosler on Copyright
  5. Paris Accord on Voluntary Licensing - Panel
  6. The Future of Darknets

Citizen Journalism

  1. Bill Thompson on Citizen Journalism
  2. Blogs vs Print - Whither Objectivity
  3. Citizen Reporters Forum 2006
  4. Dan Gillmor on Grassroots Journalism
  5. James Boyle on Re-Inventing the Gatekeeper
  6. Jay Rosen on Open Source Journalism
  7. News and Citizen Engagement
  8. We Are the Media

Open Media Practices

  1. Economics of Open Archives
  2. Free and Open Source Video Software
  3. Business Interests in Open Content
  4. The Economics of Open Text

Radio and TV

  1. MIT's Kwan Lee on the Future of Viral Radios
  2. Software Radio
  3. The Future of Radio

User-Generated Content

  1. Convergence Culture
  2. Danah Boyd on MySpace at OReilly
  3. How far will User Generated Content Go

Social Media

  1. Social Media Video Tutorials
  2. Social Networks and Internet Connectivity Effects
  3. Stowe Boyd on Generational Shifts and Technology
  4. Stowe Boyd on Social Software as Me First Software
  5. Ted Nelson on the Politics of Internet Software

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