"While the Internet is based on Tech, it is essentially all about 'People' and this is key to understanding digital culture"
Citizen & Professional Journalism, Digital Media Development
What is iWriteBox?
This is about you, it is about new exciting writers, today’s social reality, today’s political discussions, creative, factual, remarkable. No censorship, no ideological bias, no corporate dominance, this is a genuine resource.
The current state of play concerning digital mass media, journalism, blogging is now gaining a level of maturity that presents a significant challenge to the established and previously dominant groups who have sought to define, direct and significantly to produce social and political narratives.
The emergence of the Broadcast media at the beginning of the 20th Century heralded the ascent of extremely powerful groups who gained their position via special relationships with the establishment, the wealthy and powerful, investor groups.
You might say that the whole of mass media used to be under the direct stewardship of very small numbers of people.
The access to publishing, broadcasting and other forms of mass communications was rigidly controlled through licensing, and broadcast legislation, through very narrow channels of access.
Since the late 1990’s we have seen a remarkable shift in the broadcast paradigm. We can see that broadcast has given way to more diverse access to publishing and mass media presentations.
I call this shift the move towards a two-way communication model.
The two-way communication dynamic is responsible for the ‘Disruption’ that is spoken about so widely, we can respond to produced media in real time.
Anyway, iWriteBox seeks to help aspiring writers, to provide an alternative to the ubiquitous Silicon Valley Saas projects and media platforms, we need greater variety, and choices if we are to not repeat the media mistakes from the 20th Century.
You can learn how to build your own ‘Media Company’ if you have that ambition, we will be providing training courses and education for writers, journalists, pundits, analysts and commentators.
‘Learn to code’ was the rejoinder a few months back when Buzzfeed layed off hundreds of journalists, also Huffington Post. Well now you can combine creative, intellectual skills with WWW chops.
iWriteBox is both a publication platform, and media education resource.
‘Medium’ is not the only game in town, nor is Silicon Valley, as the training resources are produced, you will gain the opportunity of engaging with these at a very reasonable cost; in fact if you are ‘doing it tough’ and can prove this to me, some Pro-Bono and discounted options will be offered.
For today’s digital media aspirant, and practitioner iWriteBox is a unique project, one that will grow and become more visible and useful over time.
Nobody else is looking after the freelance and aspiring journalist like we are, they are all profiteering, and making themselves look good.
If journalism, writing, video and podcasting interests you, then keep your eye on this space, genuine opportunity and value will be forthcoming over the next months and years. This is a long term project, not a flashy self promotional reflex of the ego.