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Content creation is the new democracy

Posted on: November 3, 2014

At the prompting of a tweet by @shamsensei at last Tuesday’s #edsg chat, I am consolidating what I reflected on over two blog entries about the old adage of content being king.

In 2012, I mentioned that the dictatorship of content creation by experts only was ending. Today we have more democratic user-generated content as well as content curation, consolidation, and contextualization.

Earlier this year, I explained that “content is king” was declared in 1996 by Bill Gates for a different time and context of the Internet. Traditional broadcasting and publishing were still dominant.

Content as product and content creation as process are different now. Anyone can create a YouTube video and share it without filtering or editing by supposed experts.

CONTENT as king is losing relevance because the products of the 20th century tended to be hard to change, closed off, and unsocial.

Content as KING is losing relevance because the processes now for creating, editing, sharing, and critiquing are more open and democratic.

Over time, monarchies and dictatorships the world over have given way to more democratic processes. By and large, democracies tend to be more economically and culturally vibrant. The same is happening with content creation.

So the king is dead, long live the king! As long as the king is democratic learning.

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