This class has been a terrific journey that began with the 1948 presidential election and has ended with the possibility of creating a new political landscape.

Here are some of the things I learned in this class.

·         Citizen journalism is balancing the perception people have of politicians. In the past, the media reported what they wanted the audience to believe. However, today, citizens are armed with words and images just like the media and are putting forth their perception of the information gathered.

 

 

The beauty of citizen journalist is they are connected to the community. Tocci (as cited in Sosnik, Dowd, & Fournier) said that tech-driven citizens journalists . . . are active members of a community, personally invested in how their virtual neighborhood is affected by a corporation or its products” (p. 176). In this case, of course, the corporation is the politician. Citizen journalists are real people freely sharing their ideas and are not worried about generating revenue.

·         The power of politics is in the ability to create a group of people that are passionate about creating a learning community with a common goal. Teachout & Streeter wrote, “What made the Dean campaign different was that all the trial-and-error passion was poured into the goal of winning over and exciting the base” (p. 215). There is an enthusiasm when a community learns together, and the Dean campaign was the model.

·         Citizen journalism and the strength of community will and has changed the way democracy works. Joe Trippi states, “The democratic movement I’m talking about empowers consumers as well as citizens” (p. 207). This empowerment coupled with accountability could inspire the next generation to believe and dream.

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