OK, in an update to my ho-hum review of TEDxUSC, just today I have been turned on to a couple of TEDxTalks that I did really enjoy, admittedly because they are about a subject I love — media — given by a couple of people I highly admire — Jay Rosen and Jeff Jarvis.
Jay Rosen’s I came across via a tweet from Lisa Williams:
And it is a good piece. It comes from TEDxNYED: “Examining the role of new media and technology in shaping the future of education,” on March 6, 2010.
In the talk Rosen says our knowledge develops when we have really good problems to solve. And for those in the media, a really good problem is the “falling costs for like-minded people to find each other, share information, pool what they know, collaborate and publish the results back to the world.”
In other words, the open source business model problem that’s an unsolved crisis within the (media) profession.
But, he says, lets look at how these falling costs for like-minded people to find each other, share information, pool what they know, collaborate and publish the results back to the world might begin to improve journalism.
He then goes on to highlight several open source/crowdsourcing projects journalism projects such as his own “Assignment Zero” (which kinda failed), the Guardian’s look at Tony Blair’s finances, the Huffington Post’s Off the Bus project and Pro Publica’s Adopt-A-Stimulus-Project.
Williams was right, it was worth a look.
The Jarvis talk comes from the very same TEDx event, although I stumbled upon it on Jarvis’ blog while doing research for a paper I’m writing on entrepreneurial journalism (10 pages down!).
Jarvis opens with, “This is bullshit.”
He goes on to criticize the teacher-behind-the-lectern-lecturing-to-students-model of teaching (and, at the same time, the TED model).
And what does this also remind us of, Jarvis asks?
Answer: The newspaper.
“The journalist like the professor becomes the speaker, the decider. So I say we should question the form.”
He goes on to explain, in his own trademark Jarvis way, about how to change the professor-student form of education — students should emerge with a portfolio rather than a diploma and the role of the school should shift away from that of a factory to that of an incubator. He also at one point, he yells, “Fuck the SATs.”
You can read his notes from the talk here.