Mass professionalisation is an oxymoron.
I thought this quotation from Here Comes Everybody was particularly interesting. This chapter reveals how journalists have given away to bloggers as the internet has opened up the opinions of what is known as ‘amateur journalists’.
Today’s society of mass communication and the web is a bigger threat to local newspapers than what USA Today was to the Richmond, Missouri newspaper. “Radical changes in the overall ecosystem of information” is how the chapter describes this fear of the rise of the amateur journalists so far that the professionalism of old journalism has somewhat gone out the same way that scribes did in the 1490s.
It all boils down to the fact that everyone can write a blog and take a photograph at an instant. Does this make us professionals?