Crossposted from my Portland Community Media blog. View comments on the original post.
I learned of Portland Community Media back in January, when I first embarked on my long-distance job search, destination: Portland. I asked the alumnoids of my college for suggestions, and one person responded with Portland Community Media. “OH MY GOD!!” I thought. WTO strikes. Wiring stories about Oaxacan maestros up in arms. Rebellion! IndyMedia! Wait—IndyMedia’s hiring?
Three months later I was sitting in PCM’s conference room for what was the beginning of a long interviewing process. I learned that PCM was once Portland Cable Access. The name-change became official at 8 p.m. on July 20, 2004.
“We don’t really do print,” was the gist of it. “We do television and we want to expand into ‘new media.’”
A few months later, I was hired as PCM’s “New Media” CTC Vista. To give an idea, “New Media” = YouTube, Wikipedia, Blogspot/WordPress, Twitter, Facebook/MySpace, OhMyNews, Digg, StumbleUpon… Is it true? Media critics and techies perched on the same rooftop have been screaming it for years. “Print is dead!”
Perhaps I’ve become a curmudgeon despite that I’m in my tender 20s, but I disagree. Yes, the Internet has created a unique situation where we can create online communities that are truly virtual salad bowls of nationalities and cultures; from mountaintops to undulating deserts. The Internet is a democratizing force, and naturally, film and visual programming are also migrating to the web. Accordingly, the tube is about to get snuffed, too. A second casualty of the Web.
Well, let’s play with three word associations:
- Community Media
- Portland Community Media
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