While I've reflected on all these benefits of hyper-local journalism, it occurred to me there are several similar ways that Journalism 2.0 may go hyper:
- hyper-transparent - If journalism becomes hyper-transparent, the readers will be revealing too. They will share how they take what is written and what they do with it. Their "after the consumption of the news" processes will be put on display. There will be social networking platforms for the readers to reveal their biases, frames of reference and contexts for making use of what they absorb.
- hyper-useful - If journalism becomes hyper-useful, the providers will be immersed in feedback about their contributions. They may even dashboards to monitor the ratings, reactions and references to what they have offered. Together the providers and users of news will become smarter about what works and delivers desirable differences. They will also discover pitfalls to avoid, temptations to dismiss and extremes to balance wisely. They will depend on the feedback to become more self-reliant, less desperate to please others and thus more responsive to indicators of providing authentic value.
- hyper-reciprocal - If journalism becomes hyper-reciprocal, the processes of gathering, writing and using the news will no longer appear linear. There will be no one to blame while everyone takes their share of the responsibility. It will appear that what happens are effects of many factors, fallout from previous results and repercussions of persistent cycles. The complexity will defy explanation or causal analysis. Yet it will deliver emergent outcomes, synergistic benefits and paradoxical realizations in spite of the contributors less inclusive outlooks.