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  1. Will Hindmarch
    Will Hindmarch October 13, 2009 at 12:58 pm | | Reply

    Publishing is an odd community service in that everyone wants water to flow and wants to be published, but not that many people want to be famous for digging their own well.

  2. Guy LeCharles Gonzalez
    Guy LeCharles Gonzalez October 14, 2009 at 12:31 am | | Reply

    That's a great (if somewhat unfortunate) analogy, Will!

  3. K. Warman Kern
    K. Warman Kern November 2, 2009 at 12:00 am | | Reply

    Look forward to reading Mitzenberg's article. Could not agree more. Importantly, I think there's a need to re-define community.

    In today's landscape most people see communities as being all like-minded people.

    The truth is to get anything done, it takes more than one function or expertise. For example, journalists are not going to figure out what will replace newspapers by themselves. And technology companies are not going to form a sustainable e-book market without collaborating with writers, and, oh by the way, readers.

    But technology enabling the proliferation of people publishing or broadcasting doesn't lend itself to community. When all voices are equal, but separate, community is scarce. Because to be heard, individuals choose to be loud and extreme. And often the easiest way to get attention is the story of what “they” did to “me.” Lots of mistrust. Very little “we” or sense of community.

    Katherine Warman Kern

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