This section, started in June 2006, is meant as an introduction on how peer to peer processes are affecting the media world, broadly conceived.
(Items from the P2P Encyclopedia are not fully ported; done from A TO D, i.e. first two columns)
Please also check our other section on Open Music Concepts.
Inspired by the work of Dana Klisanin, the P2P Foundation favors the development of Evolutionary Guidance Media which posits the pairing of compassionate-seeing/action with that of Cyberception, or humankind’s rapidly advancing technological abilities, resulting in Transception, 
The P2P Foundation supports the work of
- Transmission, a network of online video distribution projects for social change activists.
- the Open Video Alliance.
- Want to make your own 'p2p' documentary? See: Docummunity: the first fully interactive collaborative documentary site that is totally geared to enable groups of users to collaborate together on one communal documentary 
Good summary by Franz Nahrada of why digital media are responsible for a major cultural shift.
Thesis: The digital medium is different from any medium that existed before; it is wholistic in its nature and vigourosly pushing into obsolescence any form of content that does not comply with this wholistic nature.
- You can tell any story using more than one medium; the textual begets the visual, the visual begets the acoustic and so on. Thus every story is a universe of mutual interpretations.
- There is no copy which cannot become a new original. Content can be multiplied and modified/mirrored algorithmically into eternity. Thus every content is potentially unvaluable.
- There is no content that has enough context; content can be associated indefinitely and so the content of the digital medium is the continuum
- There is increasingly no physical boundary to partcipate in the reception or production of digitised content. So anybody from any place at any time can potentially influence any content.
There four characteristics are more fully elaborated here: 
What P2P Media Activists Need to Know
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Gene Youngblood on the Internet and the Crisis of Social Control
An absolutely brilliant essay on creating an alternative society through internet socialisation and cooperation, but which tackles the subjective changes that need to take place. We may consider in some ways as to be the implicit media theory behind the work of the P2P Foundation.
Title: SECESSION FROM THE BROADCAST. THE INTERNET AND THE CRISIS OF SOCIAL CONTROL
Excerpted at: Radical Change Presupposes Radical Will
The ubiquity of the internet: in 2007, 97% of all telecommunications information was exchanged online, compared to one per cent in 1993.
- Matthew Champion 
Between the dawn of civilisation and 2003, five exabytes of information were created. In the last two days, five exabytes of information have been created, and that rate is accelerating.
- Eric Schmidt, Google 
It is of the nature of idea to be communicated: written, spoken, done. The idea is like grass. It craves light, like crowds, thrives on crossbreeding, grows better for being stepped on.
-Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed, 1974
In the 21st century power no longer comes from the barrel of a gun. It comes from the blocking of a message.
- Loz Kaye 
"Don't hate the media. Become the media."
- Jello Biafra
Print media, including internet media, should not be looked at as a content production industry, but rather, as a lobby selection industry, which balances production subsidies with reader interest. In this manner it is analogous to the legislative economy which balances subsidies from political lobbies with electoral credulity.
- Julian Assange 
The Internet has democratized the means of self-expression, but it has not democratized the rewards of self-expression.
- Adam Kirsch 
Literacy means being able to consume and produce the media forms of the day. The default media form has shifted from the essay to the multimedia collage.
- Jason Ohler 
“Audiences should be eliminated entirely.”
- (Kaprow 1996, 713)
“We have three different ways of reaching our audience and interacting with our audience; that's broadcast, digital and social – and they are equally important.”
- (Martin Jönsson, deputy director of Swedish Radio, 2013)
"Publication is not the production of books but the production of a public for whom those books have meaning. There is no pre-existing public. The public is created through deliberate, willful acts: the circulation of texts, discussions and gatherings in physical space, and the maintenance of a related digital commons. These construct a common space of conversation, a public space, which beckons a public into being. This is publication in its fullest sense."
- castillo/corrales - Section 7 books 
“Every time a new consumer joins this media landscape, a new producer joins as well because the same equipment – phones, computers – lets you consume and produce. It is as if when you bought a book, they threw in the printing press for free.”
- (Shirky 2005)
“The people formerly known as the audience are those who were on the receiving end of a media system that run one way, in a broadcasting pattern, with high entry fees and a few firms competing to speak very loudly while the rest of the population listened in isolation from one another and who today are not in a situation like that at all.”
- (Rosen 2008, 163)
On a Remediated world
We must completely abandon the notion that there is a real and a virtual world, as if the two were opposed. Instead, we must look at how new media is layering over existing spaces, thus reorganizing them. Graham is building on the notion of Bolter and Grusin; remediation. It is constituted (the virtual) on top of our real world. Remediation is taking place constantly. Remediation of painting, film and television, of cities, houses and streets. The old notion of holographic pods, parallel worlds, cyberspace, does not exist. We are far from it."
- Stephen Graham 
Against communication monopolies
"A monopoly on the means of communication may define a ruling elite more precisely than the celebrated Marxian formula of `monopoly in the means of production.' Since man extends his nervous system though channels of communication like the written word, the telephone, radio, etc., he who controls these media controls part of the nervous system of every member of society. The contents of these media become part of the contents of every individual's brain."
— Robert Anton Wilson
The real business of publishing
The huge opportunity for book publishers is to get unstuck. You're not in the printing business. The life and death of trees is not your concern. You're in the business of leveraging the big ideas authors have. There are a hundred ways to do that, yet book publishers obsess about just one or two of them.
- Seth Godin 
A true democracy needs symmetrical media
"We must understand how the dominant organizing principle our national communications infrastructure shapes and determines our politics. If we want a truly democratic politics, based on the notions of equality with justice and fairness for all, based upon truly symmetrical relationships, we will have to have a communications paradigm that supports that goal."
- Extreme Democracy 
Media of Flow
The value in media is no longer in sources but in flows; when we collaborate in sharing our cognitive surplus, it creates value that doesn't exist when we operate in isolation.
- Clay Shirky 
Algorithmic authority is the decision to regard as authoritative an unmanaged process of extracting value from diverse, untrustworthy sources, without any human standing beside the result saying “Trust this because you trust me.” This model of authority differs from personal or institutional authority. … Algorithmic authority handles the “Garbage In, Garbage Out” problem by accepting the garbage as an input, rather than trying to clean the data first; it provides the output to the end user without any human supervisor checking it at the penultimate step; and these processes are eroding the previous institutional monopoly on the kind of authority we are used to in a number of public spheres, including the sphere of news.
- Clay Shirky 
- A Global Map of Alternative Media, compiled by the Alternative Media Global Project
- Video WTF is a collaboratively moderated place to ask and answer any question about video cameras, editing, production, publishing, promotion, etc.
- Social Media Glossary: 100 keywords
- Robin Good's mindmap overview of News Curation Tools for the Internet
- Great Information Transitions in the Past and the Present. By René Barsalo.
- The Time Has Come to Socialize Social Media as Public Utilities, by Benjamin Kunkel.
- Aaron Peters: Establishing a Communication Commons: The other world that we believe is possible will require another media – one that MUST be commons-based. 
- Moving from Binary to Ternary Thinking. John Michael Greer
- From Journalistic Gatekeeping to Citizen Gatewatching with Real-Time Feedback. Axel Bruns. Brazilian Journalism Research, Capa v. 7, n. 2 (2011) 
- The Dramatic Rise of P2P Communications within the Emancipatory Movements. Orsan Senalp.
- David de Ugarte: Blogging as Distributed Activity
- Juan Urrutia: Individuation in the Blogosphere
- David Weinberger: Objectivity without Transparency is Arrogance
- The New News Ecology. By Jeff Jarvis.
- Ethan Zuckerman on the Dangers of Homophily
- Guide to Citizen Journalism. Report by Chris Willis and Shayne Bowman, with videos.
- What's the difference between Internet TV and IP-TV?
- Cory Doctorow: Three Reasons to Give Your Books Away for Free
- Key Essay: Unevenly Distributed: Production Models for the 21st Century.Mark Pesce
- Sasaki, D. (2008). An Introductory Guide to Global Citizen Media. from http://rising.globalvoicesonline.org/blog/2008/01/16/a-introductory-guide-to-global-citizen-media/
- Essay: Television 2.0: YouTube and the Emergence of Homecasting. José van Dijck
- Overview of alternative media, at http://www.globaljusticecenter.org/articles/betterworld_altnews.htm
P2P Media and Infrastructure Theory
- This is not a Bit-Pipe: A Political Economy of the Substrate Network. By Rachel O’Dwyer and Linda Doyle. Fibreculture Journal, Vol. 138, 
The must-follow blog is from Dr. Michael Strangelove:
- Open Media Review: monitoring the best of what open media have to offer
- Media Shift: tracks how new media -- from weblogs to podcasts to citizen journalism -- are changing society and culture.
Selection from Valentin Spirik:
- The CamcorderInfo Blog http://www.camcorderinfo.com/d/blog.htm is "All About Shooting, Editing and Polishing Your Videos" and has a notable Ethics Policy.
- Self-Reliant Filmmaking http://www.selfreliantfilm.com/ "is what makes a filmmaker independent"
- the Workbook Project http://workbookproject.com/ is "a social open source experiment for content creators"
- CinemaTech http://www.cinematech.blogspot.com/ is about "Digital cinema, democratization, and other trends remaking the movies"
- NewTeeVee http://newteevee.com/ focuses on the more mainstream aspects of the online video evolution.
- HD For Indies http://www.hdforindies.com/ is about "High Definition Video for Independent Filmmakers"
- BlenderNation http://www.blendernation.com/ brings "Fresh Blender News, Every Day"
- 100 Best Blogs for New Media Students: excellent selection
- Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production. Axel Bruns.
- Convergence Culture. Henry Jenkins.
- Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet
- The Video Vortex Reader: responses to youtube. Edited by Geert Lovink and sabine niederer. Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam 2008 
- Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press. by Eric Boehlert. Free Press, 280 pp.,
- And Then There's This: How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture. by Bill Wasik. Viking, 202 pp.,
- Sue Robinson. “Someone’s gotta be in control here.” The Institutionalization_of_Online_News_and_the_Creation_of_a_Shared_Journalistic_Authority. 2007 : study of participatory journalism
- Berkman Center Report 2008: State of Digital Media 
- Printing Press as an Agent of Change. Elizabeth L. Eisenstein.
Key Podcasts on P2P Media Developments
- Dan Gillmor on Grassroots Journalism
- Interview with Jeff Jarvis on the Loss of Control by the Media
- James Boyle on Re-Inventing the Gatekeeper
Key Webcasts on P2P Media Developments
- Mark Pesce on the Digital Media Revolution
- Peter Buckingham on the Digital Media Revolution
- Are Netlabels Long Tail Niches or the Blueprint for the Future
- Beyond Broadcasting Summary Video
- Carlos Garcia on Scrapblogging
Media Commons Issues
- Mark Cooper on Public Airwaves as a Common Asset
- Martin Cooper on a Spectrum Policy for the 21st Century
- Open Spectrum Panel
- IP Rights and Revenue Models for Public Communications
- JD Lessica on the Future of Darknets
- John Perry Barlow Debates Movie Filesharing
- Negativland Mark Hosler on Copyright
- Paris Accord on Voluntary Licensing - Panel
- The Future of Darknets
- Bill Thompson on Citizen Journalism
- Blogs vs Print - Whither Objectivity
- Citizen Reporters Forum 2006
- Dan Gillmor on Grassroots Journalism
- James Boyle on Re-Inventing the Gatekeeper
- Jay Rosen on Open Source Journalism
- News and Citizen Engagement
- We Are the Media
Open Media Practices
- Economics of Open Archives
- Free and Open Source Video Software
- Business Interests in Open Content
- The Economics of Open Text
Radio and TV
- Social Media Video Tutorials
- Social Networks and Internet Connectivity Effects
- Stowe Boyd on Generational Shifts and Technology
- Stowe Boyd on Social Software as Me First Software
- Ted Nelson on the Politics of Internet Software
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