Sullivan described his readers as being smart and humane.
When he sought information, they provided it, when he was wrong, they corrected him, and when something was happening in the world that he cared about, they gathered round in a virtual community to share the news.
The site became the go-to place for updates after the Iranian election in 2009, when streets full of green-garbed protesters demonstrating against the regime.
Protestors were able to find information that was found its way to Sullivan.
He said that his colleagues Patrick and Chris took eight-hour shifts.
Sullivan was a democrat as well as a journalist.
He wrote in the London Times in 2002 that what he wrote was completely new and cannot be duplicated on any other medium.
It harnesses the web's ability to empower anyone to do what only a few in the past could do.
The first journalistic model that harnesses the true democratic nature of the web is blogging.
It is a new medium that is finding a unique voice.
It's not the same as nationalism.
Your country is not always right.
It's obvious that the changing ways in which information is shared will have some effects on our democracy, but Shirky's optimism does not seem to be out of place in light of the work of writers such as Gillmor and Sullivan.
The jury is out on this one, but the open, innovative nature of the medium allows each of us to engage in the experimentation and work that might bring the answers.
It has the potential to be true in the Internet age.
From newspapers to radio, television, and the Internet, Americans have moved eagerly to embrace the new forms of technology that entertain them and bring new ways of communicating information.
The amount of political information requires consumers to sort through and critically analyze the news they get.
Americans do not seem to be well informed about their political world despite the fact that the amount of political information available to them has increased dramatically.
Discuss how Americans get their news and information over the past several decades.
The people who control the news we get are the people who are in charge of what we get.
The gatekeeping structure of the American media has changed a lot since the nation's founding.
Newspapers were dependent on government for their existence back then.
The gatekeeping function of the media is affected by how the government regulates and does not regulate the media.
Advertising is the main source of revenue for today's media.
Because advertisers go after the most popular media outlets, competition is fierce and outlets that cannot promise advertisers wide enough exposure fail to get the advertising dollars and go out of business.
The traditional mainstream media still exists, but all the major circulation newspapers in this country are owned by major conglomerates and have huge digital presences.
There are fewer and fewer media outlets owned by corporations with the same content.
Many of these corporations are involved in other businesses as well.
Editorial decisions are matters of corporate policy.
If profit was the main concern for the editorentrepreneurs a century ago, it is still the main concern for conglomerates today.
Many Americans don't know that most of their news and entertainment comes from just a few corporate sources and are unaware of the consequences that this corporate ownership structure has for all of us.
A link that is just irresistible is a revolutionary diet secret, a terrifying news headline, or a top ten list begging you to pick the "five greatest" songs/athletes/movies of all time.
Web traffic is measured in clicks, which is important for generating revenue.
Much of the content on the Internet is designed to be shared widely and quickly.
Sometimes, it's news that goes viral with cat videos.
Research shows that writers can drum upmanufactured emotions over benign content.
Some important news stories can rise to the top on the back of clicks, making their way from independent publications to the mainstream media.
Videos capturing police shootings are just one example of real news stories.
Advertisers are often presented in the same style and format as the site's original content to shore up diminishing revenue streams.
Internet troll's who disrupt online discourse with arguments and commentary that is inflammatory, abusive, or off-topic don't generate much sympathy.
Publishers know they generate clicks.
Even sites that malign or claim to ban such activity simultaneously try to attract troll, knowing that an online controversy will push even more browsers toward their site.
It's hard to resist a top five list.
According to psychologists, we like lists because we like to see if we can guess what's on it, and because of the ease with which we can digest information when it's presented in this easy and predictable format.
More than half of the links shared on social media were not clicked on, according to a 2016 study.
"The White and Gold (No, Blue and Black) Dress That Melted the Internet" was published by the New York Times.
There are nine psychological reasons why we love lists.