Sunday, August 31, 2008

some good posts

Interesting articles about tec and law

Green marketing

Who cares about the echo chamber? Who cares if they like your product or not? What every startup should be thinking about above all else is their market. How are you going to make money? Where is that money going to come from? And do everything in your power to make your product, your marketing communications, your brand, everything about your company, about one thing: Appealing to and serving the market that is going to make you profitable.


We are using CMS to build the interactive part of the VOTV project.

User pages

The user has the option to add RSS feeds of there existing social networks/blogs, publish storeys direct (blog) and access/display content/interactions on forums over the sight. The is a “wall” that we might use and a list of all interactions on the CMS that we should def use.

Show template pages

- main page

- forum

- chat

- news page – RSS mash up

- contact


* embedded blip show player

* RSS mash up of channel content

* search

* presence

Channel page

- main page

- calendar

- forum

- chat

- news page

- contact



* embedded blip tag show player

* RSS mash up of channel content

* search

* presence

TV station page

- main page

- calendar

- forum

- chat

- shop

- resources, RSS etc

- contact

- documents and photos library


* embedded show player

* RSS mash up of station content

* search

* presence

Help pages

- forum

- chat

- sight map



Problem websites - Climate Camp

Looking at our logs for VOTV at the climate camp it seams we got almost no traffic from the climate camp website and UK IMC.

Around 5% of traffic came from
Only smaller/occasional traffic from IMC

Seams strange as the content was very good and have good traffic from other websites?

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Thinking beyhind VOTV - to see why we are doing what we are doing.

Like our George and Uri book review show – these are both right! we ride the space in between these too points of view.


Is LG15: The Resistance a Web Show or a TV Show?

Web video is starting to mirror traditional TV, like it or not.


At the 2007 EG conference, Kevin Kelly shares a fun stat: The World Wide Web, as we know it, is only 5,000 days old. Now, Kelly asks, how can we predict what’s coming in the next 5,000 days?

Kevin Kelly has been publisher of the Whole Earth Review, exec editor at WIRED, founder of visionary nonprofits, and writer on biology and business and “cool tools.”

Friday, August 29, 2008

The world's smallest campaigners strike

One inch high activists have shut down Kingsnorth coal-fired power station. The drama unfolded at E.ON's replica of the plant at Legoland (sponsored by E.ON) while people at Climate Camp protest the planned new coal plant at Kingsnorth. Lego police were in attendance, along with a Lego police helicopter - but neither the campaigners nor the police would comment...

Thursday, August 28, 2008

We have just received our first VOTV correspondents piece – about Palestine.

This is from Mina and Lorenzo from the deaz court case, am well pleased (:

Going to work

Every morning Palestinian workers have to queue to cross the Gilo-Checkpoint into Israel. The workers are humiliated and their right of movement and the right to work gravely restricted. On special mission for Undercurrents

Palestine, August 2008
Duration: 3’32” Format: PAL, 4/3 Letterbox

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

VisionOnTV Mission Statement - draft 6

VisionOnTV Mission Statement
VisionOnTV is a television station which promotes social and environmental justice. Broadcasting primarily on the internet, we aim to empower grassroots campaigning and direct action.
We will enhance dialogue and action for social change. We will widen mainstream coverage of events to inform viewers of a different world-view. We will preserve a record of UK and international counter-culture.
VisionOnTV also aims to inform, engage and inspire the wider public. Crucially, VisionOnTV is an outreach project, which aims to reach as many people as possible, to make social change via video a real possibility. In practice this means we will broadcast content with the widest possible definition of “alternative”. We believe that social change takes many different forms, and we aim to be a portal to them all.
VisionOnTV strongly favours the use of open source tools for video production and distribution. There is an on-going battle for the soul of the worldwide web, between client / server relationships (what people need they have to get from a corporation) and ‘people to people’ relationships (people freely sharing skills and knowledge with each other). The internet itself is based on peer-to-peer relationships, which we strongly defend.
We will not approach this dogmatically, however. At a given time we need the best tools available. For outreach to be successful, the tools need to be reliable and simple to use. We will help to develop these tools where they do not exist, but sometimes the best ones will be corporate and closed source.

Our aim is to make viewing VisionOnTV as easy as watching traditional TV. The whole range of options for knowledgable people will be there, but never in a way that confuses the first-time viewer.
Digital information is innately free, but corporations want to restrict that freedom. We defend that freedom via creative commons distribution, which represents the majority of our content. This means that anyone can re-edit and re-distribute our content under a non-commercial creative commons licence. We promote a view of media democracy which breaks down the social divide between those with broadband and those without. Viewers receive high-resolution copies of films downloaded into their computer. Because the content is creative commons, viewers can copy films and distribute them or project them in a cinema, festival or community hall. Therefore just one broadband connection can serve a whole community.
VisionOnTV has substantial costs for its maintenance. We will firmly grasp the nettle of trying to be sustainable by generating income, to give project workers and content producers funding into the future.
We include only ethical advertising on VisionOnTV, which means we will only accept non-aspirational info-verts from ethical companies.
Monies beyond the running costs of VisionOnTV will be transferred to a production fund, where producers of already-featured content can easily (and non-bureaucratically!) apply for production grants.
VisionOnTV puts the viewer first. For this reason content is editorially controlled at the centre. We are not an open publishing project, and we have a quality threshold for all films featured. To this end, we produce our own content, will work with a wide range of video producers, and provide tools for less experienced producers to enable their work to have maximum impact.
We see VisionOnTV as one of many interconnected alternative media projects around the world. VOTV supports the open standards that enable this to happen.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

A poem by me mum.


From Studley to Cambridge, flat as far as the eye can see

In the July sunshine ploughed fields like a black velvet sheet.

Mauve and white potatoes , barley, wheat, fat hen in the beet.

Where is space for the wildflower, food for the bird and the bee?

A picnic at the road side, bathed in sticky sweet pesticide,

choking with streaming eyes as the giant machine roars by.

No more DDT, but the poisoned fields still feed you and me.

Rachel Carson with Silent Spring led the way, she had her say

Surreal green rye grass, creeping death to the meadow and wood,

and death to the riotious flowery hedges of my childhood.

Gardens weedkilled, paved and decked, wildlife severely checked

Carnivorous pets stalk our gardens, full of well fed energy

Bird alarm calls mistaken for songs joyous and free

Nestlings die before they learn to fly

On one day we filled in the forms for the RSPB

to let them know how many birds we could see.

The RSPB founded so long ago, by those with vision to see

birds are better wild and free in bush and tree

The caged song birds in the market place, those old ways ,

On mantelpieces dusty glass domes, those dead glass eyes, those old days

Stuffed birds and handsome feathers decorating hats ,

lifted in the breeze as fashionable women strutted with men in spats

Across oceans in Australia they studied and found ,

The more dogs around the less birds and wildlife abound

especially those which live near the ground

The carnivorous smells, noise and stress, wildlife sixty percent less.

A massacre around the warm Mediterrean sea

The crack and spit of guns clean the sky

of everything that can fly

a hoopoe glimpsed in a fig tree,

the soaring honey buzzard in the hot blue sky

only minutes, at most a few hours before they die.

The children in the schools care with graffitti on the bus shelter they cry

“It's your world in which we grow and we shall grow to hate you”

The birds don't belong to you. They are our birds too.

Say younger generations and other nations.

Thalia Campbell - August 2008

In hommage to Gertrude M. Goldsmith & Florence Rainford who opened my eyes.

Final show at Climate Camp 2008

VisionOn.Tv host their wrap up chat show with Conor and Jenny who look back on the weeks events. Was the Climate Camp a sucess?

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Police at Climate Camp 2008

How did the Police behave during this years Climate Camp? A chat show with two campaigners 

Friday, August 15, 2008

Day of Action- Climate Camp

2000 people shut down Kingsnorth polluting power station in Kent. VisionOn.Tv reports as a daily chat show about the events

Over the fence- Climate Camp 2008

VisionOn.TV chat show about the day of mass action to shut down Kingsnorth power station. We talk to 3 of the people involved in the action who give their views. From boats to fence jumping.

Debate- George and Uri

Two authors debate how best to tackle climate change. Go down the path of Anarchy or paddle amongst the mainstream environmental groups?

Climate Camp Food Review

This was made by a group of new filmmakers during a 1 day workshop run by

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Kingsnorth: A Local Issue Going Global

Naked animals say no to coal

Naked animals (mainly humans) say no to coal-fired power, and make police stop and search much easier.

We have been censored on YouTube for this video:

"The following video(s) from your account have been disabled for violating the YouTube Community Guidelines:

* Naked animals say no to coal - (undercurrentspaulo)

Your account has received one Community Guidelines warning sanction, which will expire in six months. Additional violations may result in the temporary disabling of your ability to post content to YouTube and/or the termination of your account."

Nakedness is problematic on corpurta website - even when its news "don't drink from the mainstream".

Local Activists Support Climate Camp

Local campaigners in Medway against the building of Kingsnorth coal fired power station stage a protest to support the Climate Camp.

Arthur Scargill on the Right to Protest

The veteran of police violence in the miners strike '84/'85 defends Climate Campers rights

Climate Camp Movement: George Monbiot's View

Environmentalist George Monbiot gives his views on Climate Camp 2008

Cheeky Apocalypse

Links between war, oil and climate change

Melting Point- spies, lies and arrests

A film exposing government tactics in reaction to environmental protests. Tactics shown in the film include arresting journalists and environmental protesters, Espionage, news manipulation and legal threats.

The film, titled Melting Point has been released ahead of next month's Climate protest Camp at Kingsnorth coal power station in Kent. This exclusive and powerful film exposes the extraordinary tactics being used to reframe concerned citizens engaging in their right to protest, as dangerous terrorists.

Melting Point looks at the escalating battle between direct action protest groups and those they accuse of failing to act on climate change.

Letter to the Future President #147

When I was combing through McCain and Obama speeches, they both reminded me of something I have heard before. So I went back to Bush's 2007 State of the Union and BAM! See for yourself.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Cheat Neutral

Off-set your infidelity by paying someone else to be faithful. Just as good as carbon off-setting.

Confiscations by Police

Did you know you can commit criminal damage with a child's crayon,wig and top hat. Find out how from Kent police.

Activist superglued to mining corporation in London

I filmed the activists that superglued themselves to BHP Hq in London-the world's biggest mining corporation. Based in Australia, they are responsible for mining hundreds of tonnes of coal, as well as for human rights abuses worldwide. One example is their involvement in Cerrejón, the world's biggest opencast mine, in Colombia, which has displaced 14'000 people.

With all this in mind they decided to disrupt business as usual at BHP's head offices in London. They scattered coal in the lobby, glued to the revolving doors and nearby windows, while a second door nearby was D-locked.

BHP Billiton Plc
Neathouse Place
London SW1V 1BH

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

AgriFuels Protest- climate camp 2008

Activists explain why growing crops to fuel our engines is a disaster. Filmed at the Climate Camp 2008, the chat show includes dramatic images of the direct action against an Agrifuel corporation. Watch more on

Friday, August 08, 2008

Legal observers blocked by police

Police have denied blocking access to legal observers trying to check due process - here is the proof.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Climate Camp- Protest ignores Police Stop & Search

VisionOnTv reports 100 people walked through Police barriers to attend the Climate Camp in Kingsnorth. The law states that people can be detained only for a 'brief' time. After 1-4 hour waits to be searched, people had enough and ignored police.

Climate Camp 2008 Chat Show at Kingsnorth.

VisionOntv reports from inside the Climate Camp 2008 at Kingsnorth.
http://www.visionon.tvVisionOntv reports from inside the Climate Camp 2008 at Kingsnorth.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Vision On TV at Climate Camp 08

Here we are in our studio in a field at Climate Camp 2008

Hamish and Zav setting up the Camp TV studio for VOTV just finished our first show this afternoon.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

CC TV studio - embed

Make the player big, as the video is actually 800x480 in size so the bigger the better experience. The current embed we put out is the grassroots channel on VOTV were all the content from the Climate Camp will be broadcast – if you whont ONLY the stuff about Climate Camp then the is the option to replace the grassroots embed with this one. Up to you which one to use.

Sorry my blog takes out some of the code here, goto this link to find code

Climate camp TV studio is being hosted by over the week of the gathering. From Monday there will be practical workshops on how to make downloadable live-edited TV using low-cost equipment. You can get the low-down on how to add VOTV to your blog/website and watch it here

Sunshine permitting we hope to make two 30 minute chat shows a day and to upload a number of action/positive alternatives shorts. These will be broadcast via any website that embeds the TV widget, the main VOTV webpage, our VOTV player application and via the open source MIRO. The programs will also be broadcast on satellite in the US via Freespeech TV.

VOTV is a not-for profit internet TV station setup by and supported by ethical foundation funding. We will be launching the full service in December.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Climate Camp 2008 is Open

To get to kingsnorth directions at