“For the media, this is a Tom Sawyer moment. “Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?” he says to his friends, and sure enough, they are soon lined up for the privilege of doing his chores. That’s a bit like how social networks get built. (Just imagine if Tom had also schooled them in the networking opportunities of the user-generated endeavor: “You’re not just painting a fence. You’re building an audience around your personal brand.”)”

Read the rest of this Feb 14 New York Times article about crowd-sourced journalism.

Thanks to Li Miao Lovett for the link. Li’s new novel, In the Lap of the Gods, was a top-four finalist in the James Jones First Novel Fellowship and a semifinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards.



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