My Friday morning New Media Workshop class got a real treat this week when my friend Joi Ito came and spoke. As I mentioned in class, Joi was one of the people I met when I was working in Tokyo who influenced me to move away from my "mainstream" journalism career and to start taking the web's new opportunities serioiusly.
A lot of media innovation on the web has been coming from people like him, and not from news companies. Why is that? Watch and listen.
A few of the sites that he showed were: his blog, his company Neoteny, and Creative Commons. He showed several specific blog posts, including this one about a nuclear power whistleblower and this one about Chinese-Japanese dialogue.
Naturally Joi has posted a camphone photo from the class to Flickr. It's also worth noting that today Joi has a post speaking out against rampant racism in Japan, going where many Japanese journalists dare not tread.
Thanks to Du Ting for shooting the video!