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Re: [videoblogging] New Video: 150 Feet

By Jay Dedman | Jay Dedman <jay@...> |
September 16, 2004 | Post #1221 | Topic #1176

> 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 lays it out well. for some reason activists are notoriously bad about getting their word out to the general public. the community TV station where I work has to pull teeth to get programming from the groups in manhattan from activists. like alan said, videos are made for local organizing through live screenings...which is a very effective tool. I guess the idea is: why would someone in Seattle care about our little program in Harlem. This of course is not true. but I guess what is an activist? many people just think of these non-profit groups or action comittees. But i see people like Steve Garfield and Lucas Gonze and most people in this group as individual activists. thats why "citizen journalists" is such a good word. one person can show what's going on locally and you can bet...it applies to other people everywhere. Just seeing people document and explain and investigate the world around them with video is very powerful. But the video must be blogged..... -- Jay Dedman Manhattan Neighborhood Network 537 West 59th NY NY 10019 212 757 2670 ext.312 http://www.mnn.org