I think what we are seeing is the rise of a new kind of news network,
thanks in large part to technology. Average Joes and Janes are now
armed to the teeth with technology that can capture and distribute news
almost anywhere. A smartphone like the Nokia 6630 has more processing
power and is more connected to the Internet than a circa-1995 PC. The
high-speed connections, coupled with easy-to-use newsreader software
from startups like FeedDemon maker Bradbury Software, Ranchero
Software, and Videora, make it a breeze to gather and read all the news
in real time.
Already 32 million Americans are reading weblogs. That’s a large enough
number to make even the biggest skeptic believe that this is a real
revolution. How much of an impact will this have on the media giants?
It’s too early to tell. But as my colleagues over at Fortune suggest,
one thing’s for sure: This trend is too big to ignore.