The Living Press

There has been a fantastic amount of discussion, reflection, surrounding the death of Tim Russert, and how it was covered in the media and on blogs. The aspect that moves me the most, is listening to people talk about how amazingly transparent and touching it was to watch the the whole thing unfold across the web and TV, simultaneously. It is a rare to see the “media” and even blogs, let their human side take the stage with the reporting and the overview. This human factor comes as a result of the speed at which it is possible to publish and consume thoughts. This is leaving little time for reflection – and that is ok. We are engaging in that process as participants. It is these types of public instances that are teaching people – especially people who arent used to taking part in the online experience – how to participate and think of the web as a living community.

As a related thought, James Poniewozik on

“maybe we’ll also stop arbitrarily dividing “real” from “amateur” journalists and simply distinguish good reporting from bad, informed opinion from hot air, information from stenography. Maybe we’ll remember this election as the one when we stopped talking about “the old media” and “the new media” and, simply, met the press.” – (via Romanesko)