About 2 years ago I stopped consuming formal media. I turned off TV, for good, I turned away all news papers and placed my trust in the power of the internet. I knew that if something was important, the blogsphere would speak, and I would be exposed to it quickly1.
This message was re-confirmed last year, in a quote that continues to ring true.
I am sure that I never read any memorable news in a newspaper. If we read of one man robbed, or murdered, or killed by accident, or one house burned, or one vessel wrecked, or one steamboat blown up, or one cow run over on the Western Railroad, or one mad dog killed, or one lot of grasshoppers in the winter- we never need read of another. One is enough.
Over this time, I’ve not just survived or been sustained, I have been nourished by what I’ve learnt. Through so many great people I know, as well as the many social networking services that are operating for me, by me tagging, and suggesting things to them. There’s 1000’s of people out there recording their preferences helping out the masses.
Google Reader, suggested I follow a new blog. I often check out it’s suggestions and have found A LOT of really good blogs from it. This blog was a capture of Flickr + Text Creative Commons Mashups, itself becoming a record.
And on the front page, greeting me, was the wonderful picture above, itself a long confirmation of the system working in action.