Popped down to Lund over the day to teach a class on new media reach-out in archaeology. I showed the students a presentation and spoke for about 2 x 45 minutes. Spending only four hours in town, I had little time to do anything else, though I passed the venue of James Randi’s upcoming lecture, checked out the relocated runestones outside and peered into an enticing sewer trench cut into the stratigraphy of Lundagård, Sven Forkbeard’s old hangout.
Here are the main points of my talk. (And here’s the whole thing in Swedish.)
Old media – New media
Gatekeeper – No gatekeeper
Pros write – Everybody writes
You get interviewed – You write
You have no control – You have complete control
Large unspecific audience – Small specialised audience
Audience silent – Audience talks back
Audience pays – Free entry
Don’t become a brief candle
Don’t start a new blog for each excavation. Nobody will find it before the project is over. Instead, ask for permission to publish your entries on the central blog of your department, museum or excavation unit. It already has an audience and will survive your project. Or ask a big-name blogger in your field to write some guest entries for them.
The new media also have its national papers and cable TV vs. the Bloom County Picayune and college radio stations.