Our special guest this month is Terry Heaton, Sr. VP. of Media 2.0 at
AR&D a local media research and consulting firm. Terry retired from television news management in 1998 after 28 years in the business and for the past 10 years has been running Internet companies, building Websites and advising broadcast clients on the digital age. His views on the changing paradigms for local broadcasters are widely regarded as pioneering, and his vision has proven to be years ahead of its time. Terry has a worldwide reputation as a unique innovator, futurist and writer. His ongoing series of essays,
TV News in a Postmodern World, has been published from Seoul to Berlin, and he's widely regarded as one of the most original thinkers on the planet. Doc Searls, author of the acclaimed best seller,
The Cluetrain Manifesto, writes of Terry, "Yours is more than a voice in the wilderness - it's a voice that's rebuilding a crumbling corner of civilization." Terry believes that...
- That the political process in the U.S. has been the servant of special interests since the early 20th century, when Walter Lippmann and his Creel Commission cronies brought into being the ideas of public relations and “professional” journalism.
- That Lippmann’s manufacture of consent is at the root of much of what’s wrong with our culture in the 21st century, including the intellectual dishonesty known as political correctness.
- That citizen media, in the form of bloggers and blogging, offers hope and an alternative to the false journalism hegemony that has destroyed the public trust.
- That we are in the midst of a cultural change of eonian proportions wherein people are increasingly masters of their own ship, and that the disruptive innovations threatening the status quo are driven by this demand. I call this change Postmodernism, while understanding that the term has different meanings to different people. My interpretation is simple and practical. The modern era, with its emphasis on logic and reason, is giving way to a new era that I call “The Age of Participation.”
Hear Terry discuss these topics and more at our first meetup of the new year!