Some time in the last hour Wikileaks passed the one million Facebook "likes" mark. In the world of investigative journalism, Wikileaks is now ahead of the New York Times and every other major newspaper in terms of Facebook popularity, and behind only The Colbert Report and The Daily Show, both with "likes" in the 1.5m to 2m range.
Is it a big deal? It's a significant milestone, and one that other news organisations have so far failed to reach so nods to a shift in the journalism landscape. And if you see the Wikileaks drama in terms of power vs The Internet, which is a popular enough narrative, then of course it matters that Wikileaks can raise this level of popular support. Power vs the Internet only makes sense if the Internet is really on board and this is one of the key markers that it is (or, one should say, we are). As John Naughton wrote in the Guardian (HT Emily Bell)
"The most obvious lesson is that it represents the first really sustained confrontation between the established order and the culture of the internet."
It's perfectly clear where they stand. Let's make sure they know where we do.