I'm a journalist thrilled to be living during the greatest revolution in communications in human history. A hundred years from now, historians will be fascinated to look back and wonder what it was like to live during this time of such sweeping transformations in life, work, and culture.
The rise of the Internet and the world wide web is democratizing the flow of information in ways that are empowering citizens, students, entrepreneurs, thinkers, creators, and workers in virtually every industry. As a result, it's now much more difficult for small groups of people to control markets or oppress their fellow citizens. If you have a great idea or a better way of doing things, you can now quickly and inexpensively share it with the world. And, if enough people gravitate to it, then you can start a business, create an industry, change a policy, topple a corrupt regime, or start a cultural phenomenon.
That's the stuff I love to talk about, think about, and write about. I'm especially interesting in the revolution in technology, new media, and social media.
I work in the digital division of CBS as the Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic as well as the Global Long Form Editor across ZDNet and TechRepublic in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Australia. I write about some of the game-changing topics in technology and how they are transforming the ways people live and work in the 21st century. I also curate tech news every day on Twitter and in my daily newsletter "The Editor's Daily Picks," which goes out to over 100,000 of my closest friends in the tech industry. I also write for our sister site CNET.
I use my blog here at jasonhiner.com to write about the stuff that's outside of the scope of my day job. That runs the gambit from 21st century journalism to social media to my own personal use of the latest technologies. Along the way, I also write about some of my own personal interests, including world history, art, innovation, sustainable development, leadership, food, and sports.
To get a sense of my enthusiasm for working at the intersection of the technology and media industries at such a watershed moment in history, take a look at the video below that I produced a couple years ago. Please forgive the references to a few now-bypassed technologies. That's simply a testament to how quickly the technology world is transforming.