The guaranty for independent media is not that everybody can make it. If you want free media, you have to get them paid by taxes and you have to oblige everyone to pay for it, even those who don't want to watch. Media financed by ads will never be objective.I don't want to watch world news made by bloggers, because I don't want biased information only. And I don't want everybody to make media and participate in the power of the media, because that could lead to lynch law. Of course, media under public law is no guaranty at all for a free press - see Italy -, but it's a precondition. And the complete democratization of media won't lead to it but only to the opposite.
Almost 7 years across the great salty pond, and all I can think after watching this is, "what the F**k is Craig's List."Didn't you see the movie Bonnie and Clyde? Didn't they get run down by the coppers, and pumped full of lead with about 20 machine guns?...If you guys are the digital Bonnie and Clyde....then what's the digital equivalent of 20 machine guns? Man...you guys better watch your backs.
i think this is going to change every thing think of this politions dont have to sell there soal to get there messege out there, i dont need to rase 23 millon to buy tv ads.i dont have to bend to the pressure of corpert amerika. i can stand for the issues i want not special intrest groops ect.at this time i would like to announce my canidicey for king of the net.life is too short to use speell check
Let's take money out of news reporting. Interesting concept. Look at the BBC, I think they are a good model: all TV's sold in the UK pay a tax which funds the BBC. So money is available to undertake news reporting (I'm sorry but it costs money to live in Afghanistan for a year) but here the funding does NOT dictate the content. What dictates the content is sound journalistic integrity. Your blogging is an editorial page. News reporting is that and more. Sound journalism is expensive. It takes time to get the story, write the story, travel to the story, live in the story, and pay for the education you need to understand the difference between good journalism and bad journalism, advocacy journalism, good story telling, these things are not blown out from thin air, with corporations stiffling it. PBS was a little like the BBC, but Americans are too naive politically, poorly educated (no understanding of the meaning of critical thinking) and intoxicated with the desire to consume goods to recognize what they are throwing away when the Right attacks PBS's autonomy.Just because you can make TV doesn't mean you know how to make TV. I mean, your blogging is appealing, but a wide audience does need a semblance of production values.That said, I think too many people believe they are reading a free press, when in fact, it is dicated by Coke and Pepsi.Jean
yes my blog is definately an editorial page.what i'm getting at in this postis that a lot of people don't realize the affect that corporations/money givers (ah hem...DOE) have on your media consumption.i understand perfectly, that to make media, you need money. i've worked in cable access and public television. quality tape stock aint cheap! i don't have pefect answers as to how media could be changed with or without money. we've been thinking about it a lot being here at the TED conf. with some of the richest, smartest internet creators on the planet (founders of google, ebay, paypal, blogger etc). so how do we fit in and do what we can with no money? or some money/sponsors that wont control our messages/content?
Pepsi and Coke will never be involved with Bullemhead, but I am SERIOUSLY considering making a presentation to Wild Turkey bourbon, because if I was sponsored by them I would save a TON of money. I am not kidding at all. I'm writing my presentation in Word with a "Proposal" template I found online. HA!! The plan is to make one vlog per week with a Wild Turkey reference. I do that already anyway. This will not change my content at all. If they try to, I'll drop them. Simple as that. I doubt they'll accept my proposal anyway. They're from Kentucky.
I too believe that there is tremendous revolutionary potential in the air...but is inherent in the tools, the process or the structures? What is an image recording device anyway? What are the implications for a species that is able to capture time and replay it. I think that the tremendous wave of cultural upheavel must be propelled by a measured balance in regards to time spent with technology. Unplugging every so often is the only way to stay sane. And if we can get a critical mass to adhere to that, then when those folks return to the computer the change that can't be stopped will coalesce into a positive form. Otherwise, if it is just about pushing technology to make us free, then we will be unhuman by 2025.
Cragslist is the best thing to ever happen to the world. I live in Portland and I can't wait for it to reach more cities than it already has. The spirit of community it creates and the ability for people to deal with each other directly are so necessary in these urban environments where we all sit in our little boxes and lead our solitary lives apart from what our neighbors are doing.I hope that this really is the start of the media revolution because if there is one thing needed in the small towns of America taken over by corporate chains, it is original content.
I just want to say, in a way that doesn't really further the conversation, that i love it that you started talking about money stopped in front of the "Bank of Guam" -- whatever the heck that is. Who knew Guam had its own bank in San Francisco? This is a strange world to live in...
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