Brooklyn The Borough’s new model was developed outside of the mainstream media, yet is imbued with the lessons of traditional media’s ethical platforms for reporting and discovery. The only thing that has changed here is the business model – now it includes you. We’ve created a new role for business in media, that reflects our new independent economy and gives creative people a local platform to bring in new customers and up cycles that desire to support a local free press by and for the people.
This is massively complex and yet really simple. We need a new kind of media for a new era – internet public access if you will. Media that is for us and by us, that tells the truth as best as it can, reflects our cultures, and informs us about our community wherever we go across devices.
On Thursday, I caught up with author, NYU professor and Brooklynite Clay Shirky after a talk he gave at the M Project Gallery in Tribeca. Shirky spoke on the opportunities and challenges presented by the revolution in online communication and social media tools. Afterwards, we talked about how technology has influenced the shifting demographics of Brooklyn.