Rory O’Connor is a reporter for mediachannel.org. This youtube feature is from an Al Jazeera program exploring the Ohmynews network – perhaps the largest outlet in the world for citizen journalism – and it is the creation of a former South Korean journalist, Oh Yeon-ho. As an aside, South Korea has the highest penetration of broadband services in the world – well over 80%.
The fact that cities in Canada like to boast of being “smart” cities because of fiber optic cables in place pales next to what other countries (and South Korea is a fine example) are doing. Technology is only worth bragging about if it truly empowers people; to help citizens become truly media savvy and familiar with the new concept of media democracy – free of corporate control.
While still in its infancy, and, as Dan Gillmor states in the video, citizen journalists signal a new era of communicating information as long as traditional journalistic concepts such as fairness and accuracy are followed.
When I read view feedback sections in online newspapers, surely a form of citizen journalism, I am horrified by the name calling and sniping that occurs.
Read a related media democracy article in rabble.ca here.