The internet looks full of junk, but the news that people consume is in fact filtered very well. We visit certain websites, click certain links, and follow certain bloggers. In doing so, we convert our preferences into a virtual newspaper, which even has a special title: “The Daily Me” (from the term coined by MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte in the mid-90s).
Nowadays, thanks to the WEB 2.0, good old Negroponte’s “The Daily Me” is not just what we read from others but also what we write for others. The modern “The Daily Me” has turned out to be everyone’s personal newspaper, for both input and output.
While consuming news helps us keep track of events, producing news helps us self-express. It’s a sort of complex selfie that serves for better socialization and enhanced publicity.
Producing “The Daily Me” can be even more important than consuming it. As for the consumption, on the WEB 2.0, you can without effort receive content of greatest relevance and interest to you. Just plug in any gadget with a friend feed. On the other hand, producing “The Daily Me” requires more skills and more efforts to make people notice it.
So, how to do the better “The Daily Me”? Or, in other words, how to become a good blogger? Learn from journalism – it has been doing that for 400 years.
Categories: Media ecology