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Shirky’s talk about the media landscape- how media is social, ubiquitous, and cheap. The change is that now our media is natively good at supporting conversations. We know have many to many communication.  The digitization of information has turned media on its head-a site of coordination no longer controlled from the top down. Media is now interactive. We are producers of information, part of the ProAm revolution. Change in the media landscape. Still changing patterns. Earthquake was reported as it was happening.

Where do I check for traffic jams? CBC radio? Nope.–Twitter. I can remember being stuck on Highway #2 between Edmonton and Calgary, and not knowing what was causing the problem, I quickly hopped on Twitter to discover there were disgruntled drivers stuck in traffic 30 km north of me.  I had the opportunity to take a side highway, clicked on my google maps app to figure out how far to go before re-routing back to the main highway. 

We become the filters as these knowledge amateurs. The ProAm movement. Sometimes I feel like thebottom feeder, filtering through all the plankton. Enthusiastic, figuring out my way through these streams of knowledge.

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