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Coffee Party Founder Annabel Park: With Social Media and the Internet, Everyone’s a Reporter

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This is an interesting speech, very similar to what I interviewed Annabel Park’s partner Eric Byler about in 2007 for the book, “Netroots Rising.” Key points by Annabel:

*The internet, along with social media tools like smart phones, inexpensive video cameras, etc. are a democratizing force

*De facto, this makes all of us reporters.

*This allows all of us to “report on the truth,” not just rely on the corporate media.

*This is the way towards a “paradigm shift” for “real political change,” to “people power” from “corporate power,” from “profit-driven media” to “truth-driven media.”

*According to Annabel, we all need to say, “I’m the one that I can trust to tell this story.”

Which brings us to blogs like ours here at Blue Virginia, a community blog where you are free and encouraged – within our posting guidelines, of course (see the “About” section on the right side of this page) – to post your reports, to tell the truth, to stand up to lies, corporate power, and “the same old manufactured reality that we’re seeing on television and produced by profit-driven corporate media.” Unless, as Annabel points out, “we do something about it.” I couldn’t agree more.