News Is A Conversation

News Is A Conversation
As a matter of clarification, I define the term “Postmodern” as the period in history following Modernism, with its institutions and worship of the human mind. I think it’s a fitting term, because it covers a wider range of issues than simply “post-public relations,” “post-mass market,” “post-broadcast,” “post-Christian,” and a whole host of other terms that actually fit within the bigger picture.

With that in mind, I point you to my latest essay, News Is A Conversation. There’s a lot of talk about this these days, and I think people in all areas of the business world need to take note. The idea of the bottom usurping power from the top is a very real threat to Modernist institutions, like my friends and contemporaries in the world of broadcasting.

Jeff Jarvis calls it a reformation similar to what happened with the birth of Protestantism.

Dan Gillmor calls it the democratization of the media.

Larry Lessig calls it the “beginning of iPolitics — bottom-up media made real.”

Postmodernism, in my view, is all about power to the people, and as I’ve written many times in here before, technology is making much of it happen. But let’s all bear in mind that Pomos also view much of life these days as the FAILURES of Modernism, so it’s not so much people “taking over” as it is people believing they have no choice but to get involved. Postmodernism won’t replace Modernism any more than Modernism did entirely away with the Premodernism influence of “the church.”

But there’s an old saying that truth doesn’t care if you believe it or not. So it is with Postmodernism today.

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