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Hi Valeria,

You're tapping on a great door, soon to open. Very exciting!

"What would happen if, as Chris hints at, we pushed the empowerment stories up, and bring deep web coverage integrated with new media tools? What would happen if, as I stated a while back, main stream media facilitated more connections of ideas and people? Would we have more actionable news?"

One of my undergraduate writing instructors was a columnist for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press here in Minnesota. When we were assigned stories, she constantly reminded the class that "dog bites man" is not news - "man bites dog" IS news.

My concern is that in social media ideas, stories, and comments move about much faster than in traditional media. We'll need stronger editors, filters, and care to ensure the new media pipeline doesn't get clogged with "dog bites man" stories at the expense of the truly great (man bites dog) empowerment stories.

Cheers,

Joe

Thanks for covering the thought. Yes, I know I'm an oddball for not telling traditional media that it's dead and it should just lay down. I guess I just can't get there yet. I'm still busy thinking that they have tons to offer. : )

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