Great quote from Jeff Jarvis, via Kristine Lowe:

They think this is ‘new media.’ And they think thatís something they need to try. (I would have hoped theyíd have come to that conclusion about 12 years ago.) Of course, itís not just new media. This should be a new relationship. It should be about discovering and joining in a conversation.

I saw another sign of this at the BBC the other day when staffers kept fretting about filling a blog, as if it were a show rundown or a blank page. I told them to stop looking it that way and instead to take the advice Iím giving my students: Find the conversation. Join in. Contribute to it ó indeed, contribute journalism, answering questions, finding facts, fact-checking the ones that are there. But to do that ó beware ó you have to talk at a human level with other humans with opinions (who donít want to talk to a closed door).

Makes me happy not to be in a new media department. Rather a different approach, really.

3 thoughts on “it’s not new <i>media</i>, it’s a new relationship

  1. Alessandra

    My name is Alessandra Micalizzi and I’m a PHD student in New media and communication. For my final progect I created a blog to share the information, the analysis and the content of my research (that is about the use of the net for mourning and bereavement)… It was (it is yet) a good instrument to identify other bloggers that used the e-journal to “live” their grieves, but also to have a track of my thoughts, bibliographivcal references ets…By my blog I recieved also the support of other researchers or simple interested in this argument…
    I would know if you have some information about studies that used blog as instrument of research..
    I would be very happy if I could have a short talk (via e-mail or msn) with you about your interesting perspective of study blogging…
    I download the article about distributed narrative..but I think could be very interesting also
    Blogging Thoughts: Personal Publication as an Online Research Tool
    could you tell me how can I have a copy or an abstract, please?
    thanks a lot for your attention


  2. Jill Walker Rettberg

    Alessandra, you can download the article from my publications page at! Good luck with your blogging and with your thesis!

  3. Alessandra

    Thanks a lot!
    I hope to read you again 🙂

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