C.W. Anderson is an Assistant Professor of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island (City University of New York). His book, Rebuilding the News: Metropolitan Journalism in the Digital Age, will be published by Temple University Press in early 2013. At CUNY, Anderson teaches classes in both journalism and media studies. He has published in numerous academic journals, including the International Journal of Communication, The Journal of Public Deliberation, Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism, and Political Communication. He writes occasionally at the Nieman Journalism Lab and The Atlantic online. He tweets (far too much) as @chanders. His website is at http://cwanderson.org.
On the web, it’s impossible to maintain the fiction that you can gather a single public together in one place. There’s always going to be one link further that you never explored, or one site that is totally different from you. And I think one of the things that the web does to journalism is that it gives lie to the notion that journalism can ever represent “the public.”