I responded to Paul Bradshaw's interesting question about the future of training for journalists here and by way of introduction mentioned that: "I've been in media for 20 years, unless you count the fanzines I wrote as a kid."
Actually, I was in media as soon as I could be. I even made my own comics and newspapers before I had any means of distributing them.
Which makes me think today's kids will be in media rather earlier and rather longer - and they'll understand the power that gives them rather earlier.
As soon as they connect via the likes of habbo hotel, club penguin, or many of the other social networks for kids they are in media. (image by Terry Lloyd Smith)
They have the tools to enable what we've all become:
We're all publishers now, we're all distributors now, we're all advertisers now, as I've said before.
Which means as soon as we start forming into groups via the network we're in media.
Perhaps we are really in media even before we reach out for our first mouse - part of the eighth mass media I've started exploring here and here?