CNN vs. Higher Education content

Alan (of Learning Circuits Blog and based on Elliot Maise's Learning Trends) compares CNN to Education.

I would not suggest that higher education institutions need to operate like CNN, but I find it fascinating to read Elliot Masie's observations of how CNN dealt with the flow of content and information in the wake of Hurrican Katrina. ...

The question is, will educational institutions be one of these organizations [that assemble content]? Below I have take some of Maise's descriptions of CNN and put them besides a gross and likely over generalized observation of higher education. Yes, there are numerous exceptions and counter examples to every one of my points, but as a whole, when you read how CNN operates and put it besides how your higher education institution operates, the contrast should be rather vivid.

He compares the tools used for assembling content, the formats, recency of content creation, content repositories, and the development cycle. Of course, even in the media there are differences between Time Magazine, The New York Times, and daily TV news. Much more so when peer review scrutiny is added in for scholarly works. And there are large differences in the technical skills of students and the specialization and skills of professionals.

But I wonder what we could adapt. For instance, how would letting present classes having access to previous classes' work in addition to the occasional student examples provided change the dynamics of learning, especially when students know that their work will become part of the repository? Would there be more engagement? Interaction? New networks?