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March 2, 2006

Blogging History And The Fall Of Intermediaries

Rebecca Blood is gave the keynote speech at today’s New Communications Forum in Palo Alto. I have tremendous respect for Rebecca’s work because she always puts the latest trends within the context of history. Rebecca described how it used to be ordinary people produced music, but when the music industry came on board, it became harder for people to develop music. Today with the rise of the Internet ordinary people can create, publish and reach a wider audience.

Now I am a family historian. My background is American-British. I was born in the UK, but my Father was from California. My family came from the New England area in the 17h century. Since moving to Boston from Seattle, I’ve been conducting research into seventeenth century New England and the culture. It was interesting to hear Rebecca’s perspective because it describes the culture in New England at that time. Ordinary people really got involved in government, from running the town government to appearing in court on a regular basis. Yet today because we have attorneys acting as intermediaries between people and the court system, it’s very difficult and expensive to use the court system.

Rebecca suggested that because we will not need, as many intermediaries to create content the profession of PR will change a lot in the next few years. Hmm.. maybe this will happen with the legal profession and court systems.

Posted by johncass at March 2, 2006 12:52 PM

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