This is a personal media site.
I support pedestrian media, and here is my personal contribution.
A tremendous epoch in human history is upon us. Thanks to the Internet, information gatekeepers no longer hold an exclusive monopoly when it comes to the delivery of information (news & entertainment). I am grateful for the Internet.
The 20th century top-down , centrally-controlled, mass media model is under replacement. A micro media model is arising. Micro media is a lateral model of news distribution and individuals can initiate the broadcast and dissemination of news. This phenomenon is a massive power shift.
There are many people with great experience, insight, knowledge, and imagination, that have much to share, and say. Individuals can reach a mass audience through social media or a personal media site. Start up cost is minimal and a global audience awaits.
Of course there is no guarantee that the world will beat a path to one’s door, but the opportunity is available. Even language barriers are melting away with instant translation.
Information is no longer exclusively controlled by a small number of people at the top of a “news” pyramid. Centralized distribution companies no longer monopolize expert opinion and commentary.
News now travels from one point to many, up, down, sideways, person-to-person, and from one to many without necessity of a large distribution company. The web allows great lateral movement of information and is an empowering tool for anyone to share insight, opinion, and primary research.
I encourage people to boldly present their opinions, rationally, respectfully, passionately, and also with humor. If it leads to a good debate, all the better.
Open access to information is the healthiest diet for sustaining individual freedoms. Secrecy feeds distrust and is a breeding ground for intellectual sepsis. Information competition is grist for a vibrant republic.
Great ideas and insight abound. Some of the best intelligence today is often found in the pedestrian commentary beneath posted stories. Sure a good bit of nonsense must be sorted through, but this is the price of greater freedom. Professional trolls proliferate and create a buzz of distraction, but we must learn to recognize them and work through any misdirection.
We must continue demanding full access to information! The more the merrier in a marketplace of ideas. We can each manage our own sources and our own HUMINT (human intelligence), the edit, analyze, summarize, and share it.
I extend a humble “thank you” to anyone reading my articles. Time spent with me is always a gracious gift whether it is in person or from a distance.
Here’s a toast to pedestrian media, information competition, freedom of choice, freedom of expression, open global news access, and to the successful pursuit of highly accurate information. Power to the masses and not the masters. Cheers!
I strongly urge everyone to analyze, test, and question all media consumed.
Now go conquer the day! Oh, and cancel your cable tier package subscription. Try not to feed the mega-corporate media monsters.
Steven A. Schwab
“Everyone is an Individual Intelligence Agency”