As part of our process, we'll be presenting these round-ups of content from across the web, as much for the benefit of our production teams as for our users. These will be quick links from the stories and developments on the blog and on the wider web to synopsise Digital Revolution activity for the week, broken down by programme / thematic relevance.
The form may well evolve, but for now, here's the week's news and activity from the blog and beyond, broken down by topics as they relate to the themes (as they currently stand) in our four programmes.
Sounds interesting, but we need some examples of these smaller blogs suffering in this way. Are there bloggers reading this who have directly felt this 'squeezing out' by larger, blogging behemoths? Please contact us if so.
From our guest bloggers, we have a number of stories to consider regarding the present state of blogs and their possible futures:
IDEA: From this can we consider that citizen journalism is more important in developing countries than in 'developed'? Is this because established media and communications infrastructures are less reliable in these countries?
Does this return to Bill Thompson's comment on the web's great achievement: that while its connectivity has not stopped people from wanting to kill each other, it has made it more difficult to get away with it.
Very inspiring story that resonates with Tim Berners-Lee's statement that the web should be a human right, like clean water. (Not really about the web though!) But similar inspirational stories that show how web access transformed people's lives would be fantastic.
Interesting idea, but what's the evidence for this? We need examples and more information about this, that will support or refute the concerns expressed on the blog:
'The Internet, at its incarnation, was viewed as a revolutionising and liberating technology. In its current state, Internet-based ICT / eLearning is, I argue, a deeply disabling agent which violates students' rights of privacy, 'chills' students' free speech and severely limits students' free access to information. Is eLearning - in a mashup of Freire's famous phrase - the technology of the oppressed?' (excerpt from comment by winston84smith)
Programme 4 (the web is changing us)
IDEA: The web is becoming more visual. That will make life easier for some - such as the hearing impared (see BSL sites) or non-English speaking users of English-based sites - as it transcends written language barriers, but make accessibility harder for others:
IDEA: Our behaviour is driven by how easy something is to do. This means Twitter over blogs;buying DVDs over BiTTorrent.
I've given a briefing of the content of this post to the programme one team and I'll feed back further information and ideas from the director Philip Smith as it arrives, and follow up the themes and questions raised here (and beyond).
We'll also be uploading some pages to the site later this week, to outline in a bit more detail, the themes of the four programmes listed in this post .
As ever, if there are topics raised here that you have stories or greater details of that would improve our data, research and the programme, please leave comments below.
The Virtual Revolution looks at how the web is shaping our world. Previously known as Digital Revolution (working title), it has been an open and collaborative production, which asked the web audience to debate programme themes, suggest and send questions for interviewees, watch and comment on interview and graphics clips, and download clips for personal use and re-editing.
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