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Re: [videoblogging] New Video: 150 Feet

By akb@demandmedia.net | akb@... | akbakb2000
September 16, 2004 | Post #1214 | Topic #1176

Jay wrote: > he's doing exactly what activists have always dreamed. and starngely few other > people are doing this...other than IndyMedia when they gather for big events. Taking nothing away from Steve's excellent work, that's not an accurate statment about Indymedia or video activists in general. Before blogging (or even the Internet) existed there was an activist video scene. Much of it has moved onto the Internet, some of it has not. Here's a few groups that do have a lot of work on the Internet: - Freespeech TV - They have a channel on DISH network, there are hundreds of activist clips in their archive, produced by them or others. http://freespeech.org/ - Dyke TV http://dyketv.org/ - Global Justice Video Project http://globaljustice.ca/ - Working TV - Primarily labor but also environment and general social justice http://www.workingtv.com/ - New Global Vision - Italian group http://ngvision.org/ - Kanal B - German http://kanalb.de/ - Beyond TV http://www.beyondtv.org/ As for Indymedia, most of what it does happens outside of large protests. There are over 150 Indymedia groups around the world, most of them will never see a protest that gets the attention of the mainstream press. Over the last couple years the network has produced thousands of clips that are not of major protests. Here are a few examples of what you might consider activist video bloggers, I could give many more: Bill Carpenter regularly covers activist type events and posts to SF Bay Indymedia: - The Hotel Workers Union Demonstrates for a Contract http://www.indybay.org/news/2004/09/1694911_comment.php - Tenants Face Eviction http://www.indybay.org/news/2004/09/1694074.php - SF Says No To Raids on Immigrants http://www.indybay.org/news/2004/07/1690536.php - Snow Shoe Films http://snowshoefilms.com/ The "Funkinest Journalist", is a political hiphop DJ on a DC pirate radio station and also occassionally posts video to the DC Indymedia website: - Interview with MC Killah Priest http://dc.indymedia.org/media/all/display/14986 - The Black Studies Movement http://dc.indymedia.org/media/all/display/15374 - Interview With Pedzisai Ruhanya on Repression of Independent Media in Zimbabwe http://dc.indymedia.org/media/all/display/14512 "Skidz" lived in Boston now reports from Palestine: - Activists Visit Bedouins in South Mount Hebron http://images.indymedia.org/imc/washingtondc/taayushsmthebronklyueh.mov - Ta'ayush (peace group) at Sulfit http://images.indymedia.org/imc/washingtondc/taayushsulfit36jmki.mov - A White Christmas in Bethlehem http://images.indymedia.org/imc/washingtondc/beitlehemxmasb0rutv.mov Indymedia also produces shows that appear on public access TV or are shown at live screenings. Many consider these activities to be more important than putting video on the Internet, since the audience that you can reach at a live screening is quite different than can be reached with a blog. I know of regular-ish, organized production groups within Indymedia that put together full length TV shows in Australia, SF, Arizona, Portland, Europe, and US national. So in conclusion, I would say rather than it being strange that few activists besides Steve are putting video online or are doing that kind of citizen reporting, that its too bad that it is too difficult to find the enormous amount of independently produced activist content that exists on the 'net. (I started DemandMedia in an attempt to provide a portal to make it easier to find that content). In general it seems that the blogosphere and activist video sphere do not meet much, perhaps that will change and both communities will grow richer for it. I could go on about exactly what the communities should learn from each other but I'll leave it there for now. alan http://demandmedia.net/