Doc Searls posts a great stanza from “Song of Myself” which you will remember is a poem by a newpaper writer turned poet.
You shall no longer take things at second or third hand…
nor feed on the spectres in books.
You shall not look through my eyes either,
nor take things from me.
You shall listen to all sides and filter them for yourself.
Is Whitman’s call for direct experience a visionary call what citizen media and citizen journalism?