While Howard was talking how the many to many blogosphere developed I remembered yesterdays IBM session. Dan McGrath talked about distributed resources and division of labour. Open source community has managed to create tools that support their common goals; Building software that works. What is the goal of participatory media.
The whole question of participatory has to be defined.
1. It doesnt have to be a community but it has to to be group of people not just one.
2. The group must contribute not just consume the media in order to participate.
Could participatory media be continium to association? It enables communication about common interests without formal ties into group.