Friday, August 17, 2007

[The Chosun Ilbo, August 14 2007] New Media Trends Demand New Gov't Thinking

David Pogue, a technology writer for the New York Times, recently became a global Internet star. When Apple released its much-hyped iPhone, Pogue produced a video clip called "My iPhone Diary" and posted it on the Internet. He starred in, narrated and edited the nearly six-minute clip, which satirizes the weaknesses of the new smartphone. The clip has been viewed more than 830,000 times on YouTube alone. Quite a few Korean Internet users have checked it out, too.

"Backpack journalism" is an emerging trend in reporting around the world. A backpack journalist is a virtual one-man journalism band, armed with a bulging backpack filled with gadgets like a video camera, a digital camera, and a laptop. Unlike conventional reporters, backpack journalists record video, shoot still photos and edit their work all on the spot. It's an irreversible trend in the new media era of the 21st century as the Internet catches up with traditional media and bloggers compete with journalists.

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