I Love The New Media

Have you ever heard the term “new media?” It refers to things such as blogs, websites, podcasts, internet radio shows, web shows, webisodes, etc, etc. More and more people are turning to these new forms of news and entertainment each day. It’s no secret that many once-popular newspapers, magazines, television networks,  etc, are losing readers, viewers, ratings, and money!

I love the new media… It opens everything up. Growing up in the Midwest, I thought that if I ever wanted to be a writer or host my own show I would have to live in New York City or Hollywood.  (yes – even as an 8 year old, I  wanted to be a writer or the next Oprah or something like that)

Well, thanks to technology, I can do those things from anywhere in the world…

And I can do it myself. I don’t have to wait for some contract to fall in my lap…

What’s your favorite form of “new media?” Do you have a podcast or a web show that you can’t live without? Is there a blog out there that you have to read every day?

And most importantly – do you have any dreams of starting your own “new media?” I want to hear about it!

Crissy Herron

Crissy Herron is the founder of Indie Biz Chicks. She is the self-described "World's Best Aunt," loves Motion City Soundtrack, is awesome in the kitchen, and is a proud resident of The Mitten State. (that's Michigan, by the way.) And, oh yeah, she used to live in Alaska. (she likes the cold.)

  • Right there with you, always wanted to be a writer, or something along those lines. Always thought being from the south that I’d have to move to LA or New York to do anything like that. Today I write for several blogs, have my own podcast (it is on hiatus) and speak monthly or there about.

    I do want to be published one day.

  • So far, in terms of new media, I mostly love blogging. I’ve been experimenting more with Twitter and Facebook, but after MySpace nuked the fridge… well, the blogging was left. Putting mine on my own site reinvigorated me.

    Still, though, I think the real power comes in pushing all media as hard and far as one can. I was just reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything is Illuminated, which played with the format of a prose novel in truly extraordinary ways; I think the best thing about it all is that new media is making us rethink older forms. People call Dickens the Shakespeare of the novel, but I think there are still a lot of new things to do to make media more fun, more interesting, and more challenging.

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