The decentralization of Information (by means of Internet)

posted by Jonathan Logan on 2009.31.08, under Blog, Random Findings

Ten Reasons To Be Happy.

#2.  The decentralization of information is here. For most of the twentieth century, ideas and information in America were largely controlled in two institutions closely tied to the state: the media and the Academy.  The Internet has blown that wide open.  Add in Twitter, Facebook, Digg and the like, and the distribution channels for decentralized information have become decentralized too.  We are in a world where any article written on any web site has as much chance of being read en masse as something published in The NY Times. As a result…

As positive as the Internet is, the thing that counts is not really having access, but presence. Presence means that what you publish has a reach that touches the decision-makers of society. And still, most societies today are ruled by opinion that is shaped by very few people: Teachers, talk-show hosts, intellectuals, plus a few. Most opinion-makers are deeply dependent on the state and the systems it provides. Be that schools, universities, government funded or protected media, bailouts, access to government information. The list goes on and on.

So, what really is required is a shift of attention, from the “old opinion-makers” to the “new opinion-shapers”. The youth is on that path already, and old media is seeing into the eyes of death.