The post-industrial digital-age has enabled citizen-journalists and media makers to be considered respectable, or at least view-worthy, authorities because they are unique in their production style. Audiences appreciate the unpackaged, unfiltered style of citizen media as it affords the proliferation of both a diversity of perspectives and of content unsuitable for legacy media. I felt inspired to create a media object that fits this description when some of my lecturers spoke about how anyone can do anything to media on the internet. I literally took the media where they said this and made it completely my own. I knew that this would get a response from the part of my audience that exists in my class.
The fact that I, a student from Wollongong who is part of this group of ‘people formerly known as the audience’ (aka everyone), can reach and be listened to by so many people, is why journalism is a profession in crisis. We have demystified the art of giving facts and creating content, lowering the pedestals of authority upon which journalists once sat, until they become level with us. They have become part of our distributed network, they are like us now.