Dispersed Community = Little Citizens Journalism?

Mulling over Amy Gahran's musings about whether a lack of community in the Bay area is one reason why Dan Gillmor's Bayosphere citizens journalism startup couldn't get any traction.
Heather Green

Amy Gahran is mulling over one possible reason for why Dan Gillmor's Bayosphere citizens journalism startup couldn't get any traction: "the lack of awareness of the Bay Area as a community."

It's an intriguing notion. If it's true, wouldn't it be a hurdle for citizens journalism projects in rapidly growing exurbs that are sprawling all over the U.S.? I grew up in a small town where everyone knew everyone and then moved to cities--the dense, mixed use cities with streets you walk down, allowing everyone to watch everyone, as Jane Jacobs said. So, it makes some sense to me. But maybe there are pockets of communities that develop within these broad communities?

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