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Mediactive – Book Salon Preview

Sunday, March 20, 2011 5:00pm ET.


Chat with Dan Gillmor about his new book. Hosted by Barry Eisler.

We’re in an age of information overload, and too much of what we watch, hear and read is mistaken, deceitful or even dangerous. Yet you and I can take control and make media serve us — all of us — by being active consumers and participants. Here’s how. Published under a Creative Commons license. (


“Dan Gillmor has thought more deeply, more usefully, and over a longer period of time about the next stages of media evolution than just about anyone else. In Mediactive, he puts the results of his ideas and experiments together in a guide full of practical tips and longer-term inspirations for everyone affected by rapid changes in the news ecology. This book is a very worthy successor to his influential We the Media.”

James Fallows, Atlantic Magazine, author of Postcards from Tomorrow Square and Breaking the News


“Dan’s book helps us understand when the news we read is reliable and trustworthy, and how to determine when what we’re reading is intended to deceive. A trustworthy press is required for the survival of a democracy, and we really need this book right now.”

Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist


“A master-class in media-literacy for the 21st century, operating on all scales from the tiniest details of navigating wiki software all the way up to sensible and smart suggestions for reforming law and policy to make the news better and fairer. Gillmor’s a reporter’s reporter for the information age, Mediactive made me want to stand up and salute.”

Cory Doctorow, co-editor/owner, Boing Boing; author of For the Win


Dan Gillmor
has a deep background in media and journalism. A longtime newspaper columnist and author of We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People, Dan has been a founder, investor and advisor in new-media companies. He’s currently director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Dan is also a columnist for, writing about technology and media. Dan’s previous book, We the Media, explained the rise of citizen media and why it matters. More about Dan at

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