Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Scott Gant, a Harvard Law grad, is publishing We're All Journalists Now: The Transformation of the Press and Reshaping of the Law in the Internet Age with the Free Press division of Simon & Schuster. It's due out in June of this year. Here's a description of the book from its jacket.
The rise of the Internet and blogosphere has blurred the once distinct role of the media in our society. It wasn’t long ago that the line between journalists and the rest of us seemed relatively clear: Those who worked for news organizations were journalists and everyone else was not.
Those days are gone. On the Internet, the line has totally disappeared. It’s harder than ever to answer the question, "Who is a journalist?" Yet it is a question asked routinely in American courtrooms and legislatures because there are many circumstances where those deemed "journalists" are afforded rights and privileges not available to the rest of us. The question will become increasingly important as the transformation of journalism continues, and bloggers and other "citizen journalists" battle for equal standing with professional journalists.
Advancing arguments that are sure to stir controversy, Scott Gant leads the debate with a serious yet accessible discussion about whether, when, and how the government can decide who is a journalist. Challenging the mainstream media, Gant puts forth specific arguments about how to change existing laws and makes elegant suggestions for new laws that will properly account for the undeniable reality that We’re All Journalists Now.