Lets look at some alt projects from the perspective of the #4opens - thecanary
Open data – the site has a RSS feed, but contet copyright so ½ of a open
Open source – wordpress so a open
Open “industrial” standards – Well Wordpress is kinda a standard, they support RSS but no podcasts and all media on closed corporate accounts so ½ a open
Open process – Process is opaque (likely closed) for content. No open
Bronze 2 opens
Silver 3 opens
Gold 4 opens
thecanary is Bronze #4opens project.
Trust and Media Flows
Am thinking trust needs to be brought back into media. We have been trained like Pavlov dogs to push out stuff on the #dotcons as articles catch our fleeting interest.
The are so many agendas pushing news - who is pushing it becomes as important as whats in it. We need to hold back on click bait - find a source of news we/you "trust" and push that.
If we/your not part of the solution you/we are part of the problem, "click bait" pushing is the/a problem. Trusted (new) media sources a/the solution.
Booting up the Open Media Network (OMN)
The open web is being locked out of the closed web – with share this options replacing web-links and Facebook replacing most peoples blogs. If this continues the “open web” will wither and become dysfunctional and the closed web will grow to become the web for the majority of people. With this change the largest most successful experiment in social change by communication will die.
This is the movement we are supposed to have the LifeRay platform and linking project ready to surf http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/25/opinion/rushkoff-why-im-quitting-facebook/index.html to quote from the article:
"The promotional leverage that Facebook affords me is not worth the price. Besides, how can I ask you to like me, when I myself must refuse to like you or anything else? I have always appreciated that agreeing to become publicly linked to me and my work online involves trust. It is a trust I value, but -- as it is dependent on the good graces of Facebook -- it is a trust I can live up to only by unfriending this particularly anti-social social network. Maybe in doing so I'll help people remember that Facebook is not the Internet. It's just one website, and it comes with a price."
As part of building the OMN we have 4parts that already exist:
* newsflash (embeds)
* link database (embeds}
* video player (embeds)
* funding site (networking)
And we have the new functionality in LR6.1 and social office to build new tools with. OK - is the a possibility on moving on this?
- The funding site has some images, needs the text re-wrighting http://fund.openworlds.info/
- The video embed pages are all in place on the channal pages such as http://headmix.visionon.tv/embed
What is visionOntv and why is it important?
Balance of power in new-media's place in society from 09/05/2009
The balance of power in alt-media is too unbalanced to create an effective alternative voice in the upcoming mainstream media crises. Lets look at video on the web and IPTV
Currently alt-media video is scuwred to the geeks, all the current CMS's and tools are to complex and obscurantist to use. The technology needed to produce video content is in place, but only from the corporate providers. If we don’t worry about this then what is missing for video is the craft of story telling and the language of film. Geeks rule, producers are largely ineffective, and consumers very minority.
In mainstream, it is equally skewed to the producers (in this case the owners), geeks are hobbled by blind corporate structures and out of date management, and the consumers are just fed lowest common denominator drip. Sky TV and CNN
In the new social media spheres the consumers and producers have a much more balanced role, but are still healds by the walled gardens of the corporate mindset. The producers of the backbone services such as Twitter and Facebook.
What we have to build is a better balance between the geeks who produces the inherently complex tools in a form that are both accessible and useable by producers and consumers, the producers are left to produces what they wont in freedom and the consumers to consume it and in tern play a role in its production. The consumers choose to support the geeks and producers they favour.
This last outcome is both inevitable and very uncertain depending on which side of the bed you get out of in the morning.
Why do activist media? from 17/09/2009
This was written as a reaction to activist focus on getting traditional media and the growing trap of corporate social media.
Why do activist media?
To do an action and not be able to communicate it is almost not to do the action at all.
* You need a photo of the spanner going into the works
* You need a photo of the campaigners going over the fence.
* You need video of the activist saying why they did it
* You need a picture of the target and the target at work
All these things are needed to communicate why, what and when the thing happened – if they aren’t there then the public affect of the action will be but a fraction of what it could be.
The economic damage of the spanner going into the machine will be real, but the inspiration of the action is in many ways as important as coverage like this is probably the resion/motivation for the current action – and it is only a series of actions that will change society not isolated and invisible single actions. Using media to amplify your message is key to the content of your action.
You could invite mainstream media along
* but they likely won’t come
* they will tell the target and/or the police
* they will not be part of any illegal activity so wont get the shoots they need to tell the story.
* when you are done a editor higher up (in hand with there lawyers) will change the message to be something you will not only be disappointed with but probably furious with – it’s the nature of mainstream media to misrepresent any social change activity that isn’t sanctioned by the mainstream, this is unlikely to change.
Media is key to the message, all media is good media, but some is more useful for radical purpose than others. Lets make DIY work and make our own media.
A conference we organised - DRAFT invite from 06/04/2009
The confrunce venue was evicted just before the event! so it when't ahead in hackney instead.
The Media is Dead, Long Live the Media!
May 8th-10th - new media conference on Raven's Ait Island.
The imminent commercial collapse of mainstream media, and its replacement by PR-driven news, threatens the journalistic integrity and independence necessary for a free scoiety. The next generation could be without the 4th Estate.
<<media crises links and txt>>
And new media has not realized its potential to fill this space.
Old media and new media need to gather together, sharing skills, resources and experience to create the media of the future.
Traditional media people
DIY culture practitioners
The conference will concentrate on the audio-visual side of media, with space for break-out groups for print, radio and web.
The space: an eco-conference centre on an island in the Thames 20 mins by train from central London.
We have a large hall, a cinema room, and 3 conference rooms. There is basic crash space for 40 people over the weekend. The conference will be run on an “un-conference” format, and will be funded by contributions for the space and meals over the weekend.
To book a place <<make a everbright account>>
To add ideas for the conference, contribute to the wiki or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
You are very welcome to stay overnight to make the most of your time at the gathering, but we understand if you cannot.
There are three dorms of 6 beds each, and plenty of additional space and mattresses for camping. Please bring a sleeping bag.
A large vegetarian kitchen is available. Gathering participants will be asked to volunteer to create wonderful meals. If you have special dietary needs, please bring food with you.
From 5.00pm – social time
7.00 Dinner + go-round to introduce everybody
8.00 Film screening
Sort out accommodation
Afternoon - Workshops
Including practical rapid-turnaround film making
8pm Film screening + editing
3 workshops (one practical on island, gardening, tidying etc)
Show our finished films
Social time (some people might head home)
A few people stay to clear up and help with space