Internet, Journalism

Polylogue Chambers

Prior to the Internet, newspapers had one-way conversations with their readers, whose interaction with the papers was limited to Letters to the Editor.

With Web 1.0, when the print industry reproduced its primary product—the newspaper itself—online, a two-way conversation took place. A dialogue began between the newspaper and its readers, in the form of a comments section.

With Web 2.0, newspapers have merely become the room in which a conversation among a horde of people takes place. In other words, they’ve become “polylogue” chambers, a forum to foster a community.


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