Don't get me wrong, LIVE 8 was an amazing media feat. Yes, it may be an inflection point, from cable to the net, from MTV to remix your own. That, itself, is a victory for consumers. But isn't there a certain irony for celebrating a victory for more consumer choice and control for a handful -- around an event on global poverty? Is the highpoint of net-enabled media a mass entertainment event that draws us to SMS or click on a petition and feel we have done our part?
At Supernova, a gamer claimed that the capacities of those engaged in gaming was advancing past the rest of us. Seemed so familiar. And sometimes the way other bloggers help me learn makes me believe the same.
Our newer media, helps us when it engages us by deeply engaging us in the issues to understand them. But it also enables us to effect change by organizing action.
"Poverty is not natural. It is man made and can be overcome by the actions of human beings." -- Nelson Mandela