For me, crowdsourcing, particularly in journalism, felt so nature that it wasn’t until recently that I fully realized how engrained in our culture it had become. It took someone in a meeting suggesting crowdsourcing as a fundraising opportunity for me to think “whoa, whoa what’s happening here?” Until then, I had enjoyed the benefits of open source software, looked at people’s cell phone pictures on the news and used iStockphoto without giving it much thought. It encompasses so many things that you hardly even notice it, but at the same time it is hard to ignore it’s impact.
With the emphasis on the masses, there is a paradigm shift in how news is being reported. As the When the Media Meet Crowds of Wisdom article stated “A significant accomplishment of the new media world is a shifting of power from publishers and advertisers toward the people.” Although, it is debatable on whether or not this is true journalism, I think elements of it bring great perspective. This is especially the case when it comes to eye-witness reporting, like people taking pictures during the 9/11 attacks the same article mentioned. A random person writing in the Cincinnati Enquirer I’m not so sure about, but I guess it is no different than all the blogs I peruse.
Now, as far as Wired Article goes, I can see how crowdsourcing can really hurt someone’s business. One of my former roommates was a photography major and she used to get so mad that anyone with an iPhone or Instagram now considers themselves a photographer. The graphic design students I work with have similar worries. The same rule applies with iStockphoto. And although I cannot speak to the quality or originality of stock photography, there are always going to be people that don’t care about those things and just want to go the cheap route.
1. Do you feel that the way news organizations have incorporated crowdsource reporting has hurt the traditional view of journalism?
2. Given that most of us have a common interest in good design, how do you feel about using companies such as iStockphoto with often drab images vs. a real photographer with perhaps a higher price tag?