Slow Media

I have just read one of the most thoughtful pieces about media and the internet… “The Slow Media Manifesto” (and a tip of the hat to Bruce Sterling).

Here is the pre-amble to the manifesto:

The first decade of the 21st century, the so-called ‘naughties’, has
brought profound changes to the technological foundations of the media
landscape. The key buzzwords are networks, the Internet and social
media. In the second decade, people will not search for new technologies
allowing for even easier, faster and low-priced content production.
Rather, appropriate reactions to this media revolution are to be
developed and integrated politically, culturally and socially. The
concept “Slow”, as in “Slow Food” and not as in “Slow Down”, is a key
for this. Like “Slow Food”, Slow Media are not about fast consumption
but about choosing the ingredients mindfully and preparing them in a
concentrated manner. Slow Media are welcoming and hospitable. They like
to share.

I love the idea of a slowness to the creation of content in the same way that there is a slow food movement. The idea of there being care and thought given to content and that there is originality of thought is just sensational!

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