Sunday, June 29, 2008

Back to makeing shows in Oxford

Richard and Turnip with Zaira making the - "change your mind, change the world" show for visionontv

Friday, June 27, 2008

NYC rooftops reflected in art

Top dog: Koons up on the roof of the Met

Monday, June 23, 2008

Digital photografy and Flicker

Digital photography and Flicker mean that now you get lots of glamorous photos of yourself when you go away traveling - its a new experience. In Chicago climbing off a huge Picasso sculpture all the kids play on.

Photo by Meg Gustafson

Participatory Culture Foundation

There HQ is in a suburb of Worcester MA and they are a friendly bunch. We use there MIRO project as a bases of our VisionOnTV project. You can find out more about them here

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Craigslist Rideshare

I interviewed Craig of Craigslist fame in Minneapolis so though I should try out the service. I posted a free advert asking for a lift from Minneapolis to Boston - took a few days but one came up sharing Gas. 2 days later I was on the road with an Evangelical Christian (driving) and a poor hipster from Williamsburg NYC. I can say Ridesharing works and the experience is one of cultural exchange - I now understand the US constitution and the important of amendment 14...

Thursday, June 19, 2008

For all the people who think YouTube is the answer.

If it can't find a solution, Google should kill YouTube

by Don Reisinger

Do you remember the good ol' days of YouTube? Back when a private company owned it and you could post and view whatever you wanted up there and no one would say a word because, well, it was practically bankrupt and copyright owners knew they wouldn't get anything out of a lawsuit? Those were the days, weren't they?

Now, after a $1.65 billion buyout by Google, YouTube is not only a veritable junkyard for all the crap we didn't watch a couple years ago, but a bloated mess that costs too much to operate, has a huge lawyer target on it, and barely incurs revenue.

Full story

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

So this is what you look like while doing a piece to camera...

Thanks to Rev Dan Catt

Gun Shop in Minneapolis

Automatic guns $60 a hour... I interviewed the clients about why guns are so central to US culture.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The conf I was at recently I Interviewed the Foxnews crew that shot this "report".

Tell Bill O'Reilly: Stop Pretending to be a Journalist

Rupert Murdoch and his on-air bully Bill O'Reilly launched a laughable attack against Free Press, the media reform movement, and quality journalism everywhere.

The O'Reilly ambush is typical Fox News fare. Murdoch uses his media empire to attack his political foes and -- not to inform citizens or tell the truth. The fight for media reform is about regular people like you and me fighting undue corporate control of the media. This kind of abuse of media power aggravates progressives and conservatives alike.

A review about alternative video makers Undercurrents

Sunday, June 08, 2008

New Boss of freepress org

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Why the social network part of VOTV will work

I have my doubts about if the is room for another social network, this combined with suspicions that activist paranoia will also count agent an activist network for security/state surveillance resions rases issues I will address here:

*We aren’t a social network when we start.

- we start out more like a fan sight, people come together around particular programs and program series. Added to this will be channels as subjects.

- we draw people in vier Live Chat and Forums imbedded in our player application (and webpage), to continue the conversations the viewers would then create a profile (bringing in the info from an existing social network – vier open social)

* We BECOME a social network around the connections we create, that is the connections come before the profile/social networking, this is how second generation social networks are growing, rather than the first generations such as Facebook which rely on you setting up an profile/account then building connections.

- we actively PUSH connections to create LINK opertunertys. This is done in a gentle but firm way.

- we use RSS in and RSS out to keep all our pages relevant to users. Thus we are social NETWOKED sight rather than a social designation sight. We are Plaxo/feedfind rather than facebook.

* Activist paranoia is a real problem as it is rooted in a very real fear of state/corporate surveillance.

- we have a prominent disclaimer.

- we keep servers and DATA secure

- we empower people to have control of there DATA ie they can login and change/edit/remove most information in our data base.

- we encourage a p2p darknet “plug-in” for the more secure communication – ie we step aside and allow them to communicate DARK stuff outside our official network BUT within our framework. This helps with legal problems for us two.

Friday, June 06, 2008

How Independent Media Creates Change Panel

Robert Greenwald, BraveNew films

Thursday, June 05, 2008

On the train across the USA