Ed Cone on local alternative media

· The Power of Many

Quoting from Greensboro sees birth of new alternative media:

A new kind of alternative press is emerging in Greensboro. The writers are local people who publish at their own Web sites. As individuals, these bloggers offer reporting and commentary that is useful, provocative and addictive. Collectively, they are building what could become the most important information channel to hit town since television arrived just after World War II.

These days I get almost all of my national and international news from the Web, with print providing some depth and analysis, and television good for live coverage and big-screen video. That model may be in the early stages of replicating itself at the local level.

It all starts with your neighbors, dozens of whom are now publishing the online journals called weblogs. They write what they know and what they see and what they would like to see….