A twist on citizen journalism

Google’s feature, allowing “Comments From People in the News,” seems like a new twist on citizen journalism. Says a New York Times story: “The idea is simple: if you have been quoted in an article that appears on Google News, which presents links and summaries from 4,500 news sources, including the familiar big players, you can post a comment that will be paired with that article.”

At first blush, it seems like a good idea, enhancing dialogue. On second thought, it could also lead to endless rebuttals. But like the rest of interactive media, there’s no stopping it, so we might as well make the best of it.