First off, my bias statement: I'm a big fan of the two of the sites launching this service. That being said, their new community site (based on the Slashdot.org engine) Plastic, could introduce open-source journalism. Despite pioneering the style, the “News for Nerds” nature of Slashdot created an sense that this was an exclusive group. Plastic wants to be more open. Essentially covering pop-culture news items, submitted in part by professional journalists, Plastic might encourage the average person to actively participate in the media fray. I’ve been skeptical about open-source journalism in the past, but a number of things I’ve seen in the past few months are changing my mind. Plastic will be an interesting site to watch and participate in.
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