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Undercurrents in the Mainstream - The Trojan Horse Application

This was an profetic project outline from 2001 (or 2007 cant quite tell)

Undercurrents in the Mainstream.

The Trojan Horse Application

A proposal for a world-wide workers co-operative approach to New Media - A Universal TV Channel.

.By Hamish Campbell

 

Imagine an internet TV channel where anyone can put anything in and take anything out.

Imagine a personalised channel just for you.

We need to jump from current TV to future TV by providing the simulation of a traditional streaming channel, personalised to the viewer, while opening up the interactive possibilities intrinsic to the internet. That is carry a profile of people’s interests and work at stretching that profile. That is by just challenging them enough - to widen their tastes, to give them the opportunity to follow different streams.

The project is similar to the interactive book in Neil Stevenson’s novel “The diamond age”, “A young lady’s primer”. It has an ideological path - we believe in freedom and justice. Our art and craft is to make that path visible and accessible to a wider range of people. Firstly to inform, secondly to spark off the interest necessary to leave the mainstream, to follow more humane secondary streams. Our advantage lies in our outlook, a more genuine “outsider’s” view of balances.

This project would make real the liberal ideology which our societies applaud. It is an attempt at "concrete-utopia", the transmission of the best within our society as it stands. Rather than the more normal radical approach of overthrowing the status quo to create the new.

Liberalism

Individual liberty

Equality of opportunity

 

A mixed economy

Green

A world approach

A local approach

 

How this will work with broadband internet TV.

We are moving into a cybernetic age, we rely more and more on computers in our everyday life, the mainstream of this is a dulling social control by faceless corporations. However, many people are attempting to use technology as an extension, a facilitating of human potential. An example is the use of a Psion palmtop computer to act as an external brain. It not only provides for the replacement of hand writing, it remembers names, corrects the spelling of official correspondences and acts as a continuing conversation in diary form. The very act of adding entries fixes them in the user’s mind, and facilitates the organisation of overlapping, complex, forget-filled lives. The users do not have to remember the everyday, they carry it in their pockets. This is how the universal TV channel would work.

 

Profiling

In the mainstream the mantra of who, what, where is not new, though with interactive consumption it is taking on a new importance. Profiling is big on the NET, everyone is after personal information to “personalise” the alienation of blind consumption. Looking into this can of rotting worms can we find anything worth composting to enrich our garden?

 

Proposal for a self-directed TV channel.

A global TV channel, starting small and part time with the current technology and skills, in stages moving into an open universal global media outlet. The experience for individuals is that each has a channel, you can sample others’ channels by amalgamating them with your own - you meet someone, and like their outlook... merge their profile into yours. You like a pop band, merge their channel to yours. This will create overlapping virtual community channels.

In its interactive shape the channel can be made up of tasters, with a list of viewing options, or can be set to play a more traditional no-interactive schedule. Instead of reaching for the TV guide, just look at the options available on your own channel - or any other mainstream or counterculture channel.

You choose which to adjust to bring up a new list of content - much like a real-time review engine. The system then “creates” a channel for you [these can be made up of basic templates]

Your profile will be adjusted in real-time by your choices of program subjects, by your choices of what is in your profile and, finally, you can go into and directly edit your profile.

The content will be freely added by anyone, from more conventional channels or archives to new community or low-budget specials. Content can consist of local issues on council flower beds to the latest Hollywood blockbusters.

The individual or corporation who adds content, fills in a basic profile for the program. When submitted, this is first sent to “reviewers”, that is people who have expressed an interest in reviewing content. They then each add to the program’s profile and when there has been a large enough consensus the program is dynamically added to the schedule, with the new consensus profile. The reviewing process is open to all. The System is open to content from all over the world.

All the profiling data is dynamic. If you give a program a good rating its whole profile will be merged with your current profile. Trashing a program will reverse this - that is it will subtract the profile. This process will be elastic in its effect - it will have a moderate immediate effect and a smaller long term effect. Thus if you are a sports addict and for what ever reason you trash three sports programs and chose a comedy program instead, for the rest of that day you will get comedy and "teasers" of other subjects, the next day you will get half comedy and half sport... on the third day you will get the majority of what you watched on the second, and some of any "teasers" you followed. This process works in reverse, with individual viewers’ profiles affecting the profile of the programs themselves .

The profiling system will work as a tree, with top levels and side levels branching off. The top levels will be decided by the user’s profile, and then dynamically adjusted.

Some profile categories could be:

Fixed: nationality (country/region); language (spoken/subtitles); type (film/documentary/news/sport/commercial, review); subject (searchable key words) etc.

Variable: quality (good - bad), accessibility (easy - difficult), violence (child - adult), erotic (conservative - liberal), ideology (progressive - reactionary) etc.

There are also interesting statistical ways of collecting and processing such information, which could be included.

Self profiling by active intention and passive consumption.

User interface

The basic interface idea is simple, a single button that gives you the option of trashing content you are not interested in. Interface options vary in their level of interactivity, encouraging interactive uses rather than leaving the channel on auto-pilot.

1. Dumb - by trashing programs the user doesn’t like and rating those they do.

2. Basic interaction - by choosing from the cued up list of possible programming that is provided with any user interaction.

3. "What mood am I in?". Expressed by the web - sliders - the users can express an interest in certain areas by elastically/temporarily changing the sliders on their profile. (dynamically created by their profile, with one or two challenging additions)

4. Traditional key word searching (with or without the aid of their profile).

5. Directly changing their profile. (this complies with data laws)

 

Options

1. You can make your own, or organisations’ profile public so that other people can watch it and you can watch other’s... Undercurrents, football stars, NGO's, Channel 4 etc.

2. You can “merge” others profiles in to yours, such as an organisation, famous author’s or popstars. Which will provide an easy way of getting an interesting personal channel, and seeing the world from different points of view.

3. You can bookmark TV series and news services, so that they always appear when a new content comes out.

4. Key words can form part of your profile, such as a city, person or brand.

It is important to realise that any large “outside” change will soon be personalised by your own interactive choices reshaping your profile to represent (and challenge) your point of view . A Universal TV Channel is not about dumming down people, it is about taking away the dull bureaucratic routines needed to choose quality and "truth" in our heavily commercialised and consumptive world.

 

Next Steps

Approach

This is the freeing of human potential, the profiling is not to facilitate people wallowing in their own ghettos. Each channel needs to always carry a iwde range of views. For example, if someone’s profile was largely shaped by sex and sport, the programming would not only be filled by pornography and golfing, but links and teasers for programs on the effect of pornography and the destruction of wildlife by the building of golf courses. In this example, if the viewer followed one of these links, their profile would react and bring up more options - a small, different window opening into a larger world view.

Structure

We need a production, editorial and management team. The net, like any “unmoderated free market place", is filled with dross. An editorial level above the reviewers would add a holistic view to the information flow. Human beings are created by their society - if we do not consciously attempt to shape its flow - we are in continuing danger of polluting and despoiling our commons.

(C.f.: Gerat Harding, Tragedy of the commons.)

Technology

1. We need to write a data base to hold the profiling information, templated channels, and provide and input page for content.

2. To create the user interface and local web TV application.

3. Sign up content deals with current internet video hosting sites.

4. Work on the financing and management model.

Funding

Is flexible and from a number of conflicting sources. It is interesting to note that the content providers and viewers can choose which revenue funds their viewing in real-time, and this will also control our revenue flow. The project is one of a viewer/producer workers co-operative.

Funding roots

Pay per view

E-commerce’s commissions

Advertising

State money (grants/regional funding)

Donations (PBS)

Links to commercial sites - both mainstream and counterculture - the balance is decided by people’s own profiles. We take the standard internet commission for referrals and any purchases that these create.

It is important to note that adverts are profiled just like programs. Advertising is very problematic, but the money has to come from somewhere... we could accept advertising and feed this to people’s profiles - for the mainstream this is the goldmine of revenue, and just like goldmines it has the problem of wide spread pollution. The adverts would directly pay to the content providers (video makers) a commission on each viewer with a cut for us as the provider. This is the dream of mad consumptives, though we live in such a world.

Public service? Government money? If this was possible, we could then pass this onto content providers and take a more respectable running cost commission. A good source of funding.

Donations, the old PBS project. May work for special interest groups, again we have the opening of taking a small commission in the middle.

It is important that a proportion from each revenue stream is cross subsidised to all viewed work. Thus the mainstream movies advertising would pay for the counterculture response. Creating the liberal (and freemarket) ideal of "perfect knowledge".

cut for video producer

cut for redistribution over whole network.

small cut for the host server of the video,

small cut for channel (us)

small cut for channel’s production grants

Thus we are not only a voluntary distribution network, we also pay for content, bringing a wider and more creative mix of local and global content.

The last newsreel from undercurrents

 

The last Newsreal produced by http://www.undercurrents.org

'An antidote to everything that’s wrong with mainstream television news'
George Monbiot

' sizzling with cheeky radicalism
It’s radical, it’s not for profit, and it’s damned good'
New Internationalist

Undercurrents News Network

A compilation of cutting edge animations, documentaries, comedy, subverts and music videos from the best radical producers from around the globe.
The best of the grassroots film makers handpicked for you by Undercurrents.

Wild Horses of Newbury
An inspiring tale of how two horses put their bodies in front of the chainsaws during the disastrous roadbuilding scheme.
Produced by Mark Carroll and Undercurrents.

When the Smoke Clearz
From the Guerrilla News Network crew in USA - a music video highlighting the dark forces behind hip hop. 3 mins

The Meatrix
Welcome to the real world of intensive animal farming.
A spoof on the Matrix blockbuster series, it's fast becoming a cult across the web.By Flash animators free range graphics.
3.5 mins

Hercubush
A BangZoomTV spoof remix of the 60s Hercules series 4mins
The lengths one man will go to for a well-oiled torso!

Whose News?
Fed up of news spin? Undercurrents presents the funny unspun truth behind the peacemovement, women's empowerment, protest shopping and bald policemen.
Includes an interview with Oscar-winning actor Martin Sheen about anti-war activism.15 mins

Consumption
"Keep on buying so much I don't need..."
A rapid-paced music explosion from underground music maestro Toby Slater.3 mins

Occupation
EnMasse Films present a stunning 'reality' documentary about how Harvard students defeated the world's oldest corporation and gained a living wage for low-paid workers
30 mins

Read My Lips
Bush and Blair - that special relationship uncovered in a hilarious musical send up.
Watch as Tony sings into George's eyes - guaranteed to break the ice at any screening! 2.5 mins

Woomera Breakout
Ska TV's incredible story of how hundreds of activists broke down the fences to release Iraqi and Afghanistani refugees from Australia's worst asylum seeker detention centre. 7 minsplus contributions from:

Mark Thomas (activist comedian)

Ben Affleck (Academy Award winning actor)

Martin Sheen (award winning actor from Apocalyse Now)

a former MI5 secret agent
and
Tony Benn former MP

Trade union - 2001 and undercover police

This is 3-4 video reports in one. I made them for FSTV a US satellite station and show the wide spectrum of demonstrating post Genoa. I think the is still one report missing will post it when I find it.

My thinking then as now is to show the tredtional events, walking from A-B in a radical way, but to concentrate more on the fring more alternative party and protest movement.

Brussels 2001 - December 13th, saw possibly the largest ever demonstration of trade union strength across Europe. Well over 100,000 people marched through the capital of the 'Europe of Profit' under the slogan, "Europe: it's us!" 

This film covers the wider demonstrations on that day.

Made by http://hamishcampbell.com
http://www.undercurrents.org
http://visionon.tv

A brief history of activism

This is a DRAFT

#Occupy has become bureaucratised and continues as e-mail lists and side projects, not very active.

#ukuncut has become institutionalised. Still active - presser protests in conjunction with NGO's

#climatecamp The anarcho' s left and most of the rest got jobs in NGO's a few continue in other campaigns. It has run its course, the influx of liberals had watered it down till its DNA failed. The healthy ones went onto Ukuncut. Fuckup, not conspiracy sadly. A spattering of global projects remain.

(google trends not accurate)

#submedia still banging the radical drum

#Indymedia failed from the opposite resion the activists excluded other groups in till the weren't a healthy mix left. Then the group dwindled by exclusion and inbreeding till its DNA was two narrow to evolve when it needed to change with the growth of personal publishing. It was replaced by blogs then corporate social networks. Still exists.

The are still some active IMC's would be intresting to look at why some are still working?

#undercurrents burned out of funding then failed to re-new with the fund-raising charity side not feeding into the active political production side. The charity/NGO side then shrank and dispersed. Still exists

(google trends not accurate)

#schnews had some lean times but seem to have survived in the radical project Though clearly fading on this graph of web searches

 

Undercurrents and the birth of “video activism”

DRAFT 

With the birth of the camcorder a small organisation called undercurrets helped to shape the idea of “citizen journalism” well before it became a buzz word in the mainstream. How did it do this?

* distribution - it found a cheap universal technology the VHS video cassette.

* production - it had the only video editing sweat available for grassroots video making.

* mindset - A fertile crossover of mainstream and grassroots at the core of its DNA. it had an idea of quality which in hand with its radical horizontalisam of the ant-road movement it growth out of created a unique view of the world that you just didn’t see in traditional media.

* right place at right time - it came out of a movement and travelled within that movement – when that movement dispersed it to lost its way for a time.

Undercurrents is still running and supporting radical media though as the crew age's it has softened it's core subject matter.

Good activist media

Lets get positive for a moment What has worked in Alt/radical media?

DRAFT – looking at two contrasting successful activist media strategys.

When indymedia started in 2000 in the UK undercurrents the radical news organisation I was working for had played a role in its founding running a ALPHA build of the server code that the IMC sites were built on in 1999 at the reclaim the streets party in the city of London. A number of the undercurrents crew were involved in the group that setup in the UK IMC site and had its first outing at mayday 2001?

I used the site to upload images and videos on the day. I intaly had my doubts that such a radical experiment in OPEN publishing could work – so was a supporter and user of the IMC project before I became more fully involved – going so far as to found a regional IMC in Oxford. Soon after setting up in London the IMC project exploded around the world leading to the setting up of over 30-40 global sites and numerous IMC projects such as video, radio and print newspapers. Before blogs (and social media) the self publishing idea was a huge global success, oftern rivaling tredtional media on the audiance of the events it covered.

Climatecamp media team were a very nice bunch of people who successfully shaped and shifted traditional media coverage of climate issues in the UK (and around the world) . Rather than spend energy building there own media they focused on playing the traditional media and were very skilled at doing it – most have since gorn onto full time work doing the same for prominent NGO's.

So we have two differing but equal successful strategy for radical media, activists can and do do real affective radical media.

Grassroots video distribution - from ruffcuts to visionOntv


How did we distribute digital video before the era of broadband. Ruffcuts and the start of the copy-left revolution.

The memory hole from 07/09/2010

DRAFT

The old-mainstream media used to dominate national, international and local news to such an extent that many voices were unheard and any radical story was systemically distorted.

With the onward march of the digitisation project (see more info LINK) the old-mainstream media is crumbling with the failer of its business model and the lack of any large scale replacement model waiting in the wings. This leaves a space which really needs to be filled.

Why radical media matters, this is a question that has been answered then forgotten repeatedly over the last 20 years.

Undercurrents grew out of a frustration with the limitations of mainstream media and made alternative media accessible to a wide ordnance. By nurturing grass-roots voices and empowering them to tell there “unreported” storeys using the powerful medium of video.

Indymedia grew out of the possibility of technology and created the ability for unmediated malty-media communication through a centralised collective process. That spread the idea of first hand reporting by normal people widely around the world.

Then many failed projects provided top-down solutions to this same problem of how to amplify the voices of the unheard. The is a wide and spreading NGO grave yard of failed “media projects”.

The current meteoritic growth of social networks and there maturing into personal life-streaming has provided a corporate controlled client server centralised solution to the same problem. But the issue of control and ownership is largely hidden from the view of million's of users. No such project as they are attempting has yet seceded on the open internet and if they were to succeed they would likely have to break the “key open bit” of the internet.

Lets briefly look at what happens next:

More and more “news” becomes personal and falls into the hands of a few dotcom “social media” companies. 

The old media/which used to dominate that survives the “digitisation transition” is increasingly filled with easy and profitable corporate PR rather than the old idea of journalism which it claimed to champion.

The radical alternative is playing very little role currently, this has to change.

What is the problem/solutions?

Good media is hard to make

Distribution networks need to be built and most importantly sustained – media is a flow not isolated individual items, this is (surprisingly) not understood well in the social media age.

Whona-abeys will always take up the openings in media spaces – and there agenda isn’t radical though they will try and wear radical cloths. Its important to not let them set/keep the agenda.

The left/progressive has a strong tendency to be divisive and uncooperative – its important to build this into any project that can be sustained. It always about a diversity of voices not one unified central voice.

Currently the is a “digital hole” in the sustainability this leads to the problem of sustaining media spaces outside the personal or volunteer space. The fading hope of advertising saving the paid media space is unlikely to come true. At its best, Social media sees through Advertising thus rendering it much less affective if it is used to hide/obscure unpleasant truths and to make transparent the empty creation of needs and foles promises that it is based on. It is looking like Advertising is not going to plug the gap in “digital hole”. 

This is what we need to do:

So we have to make something that is hard – easy

we have to build a diversity of sustainable media networks not many failed single sultutions.

we have to keep them open even when the will be strong voices for the one true way, the one authoritative voice dressed as consensus process.

we have to replace advertising as the financial model of in-depth journalism.

And standing in our way actually is very little, the old-mainstream is currently in a rout, the new/whonabeys have little real attractive to offer. And the openness and the tools we need are already close at hand. What are you waiting for “just do it” is the conclusion of how activist organise get to it (:

How do we work LINK to just do it

An idea for internet TV from 2001

This is a old draft from the early ideas stage of visionontv

Short proposal

 

Imagine a TV channel where anyone can put anything in and take anything out, which streemed personalised channel just for you. To achieve this we can use the internet to make jump from current TV to future TV by providing the simulation of a traditional streaming channel personalised to the viewer, while at the same time opening up the interactive possibilities intrinsic to the mediam (and the age).

 

A global TV channel, starting small with the current technology and skills, in stages moving into an open universal global media outlet. The content can be freely added by anyone, from more conventional channels or archives to new community or low-budget specials. Content can consist of local issues on council flower beds to the latest Hollywood blockbusters. The e-comers model will mean that all content whoched will reseve a revenuw.

 

 

Undercurrents in the Mainstream

The Trojan Horse Application

 

A Universal TV Channel

 

A proposal for a world-wide workers co-operative approach to New Media

 

By Hamish Campbell

 

We are moving into a cybernetic age, we rely more and more on computers in our everyday life, the mainstream of this is a dulling social control by faceless corporations. However, many people are attempting to use technology as an extension, a facilitating of human potential. Imagine a TV channel where anyone can put anything in and take anything out. Imagine a personalised channel just for you. To achieve this we can use the internet to make jump from current TV to future TV by providing the simulation of a traditional streaming channel, personalised to the viewer, while opening up the interactive possibilities intrinsic to the internet. That is carry a profile of people's interests and work at stretching that profile, just challenging them enough - to widen their tastes, to give them the opportunity to follow different streams.

 

The project is similar to the interactive book in Neil Stevenson's novel "The diamond age", "A young lady's primer". Which by interactive story telling instills confidence in the readers own wearth and influence. In this, it has an ideological path - the pursuit of freedom and justice. Our art and craft as a TV channel is to make that path visible and accessible to a wider range of people. Firstly to inform, secondly to spark off the interest necessary to leave the bland confurt of the mainstream, to follow more humane secondary streams.

 

The project sets out to make real the liberal ideology that our societies applaud. It is an attempt at "concrete-utopia", the transmission of the best within our society as it stands, rather than the more normal, problematic, radical approach of overthrowing the status quo to create the new.

 

Thus the channel inbody’s the mainstreem liberal ideals of:

  • Individual liberty

  • Equality of opportunity

  • A mixed economy

  • The green, world approach and local approach.

     

     

    How this will work with broadband Internet TV

     

    Profiling

     

    In the mainstream the mantra of who, what, where is not new, though with interactive consumption it is taking on a new importance. Profiling is big on the NET, everyone is after personal information to "personalise" the alienation of blind consumption. Looking into this can of rotting worms can we find anything worth composting to enrich our garden?

     

    Proposal for a self-directed TV channel.

     

    A global TV channel, starting small with the current technology and skills, in stages moving into an open universal global media outlet. The experience for individuals is that each has a channel of there owen, and you can sample others' channels by amalgamating them with your own - you meet someone, and like their outlook... merge their profile into yours. You like a pop band, merge their channel to yours. This will create overlapping virtual community channels.

    In its interactive shape the channel can be made up of tasters, with a list of viewing options, or can be set to play a more traditional no-interactive schedule. Instead of reaching for the TV guide, just look at the options available on your own channel - or any other global mainstream or counterculture channel.

     

    You choose what to whach as any interaction will bring up a new list of content - much like a real-time review engine. The system then "creates" a channel for you [these will be made up of basic templates*]

     

    * The templates will be baced on traditional TV scheduling the differences will lie in the content. An example would be the BBC 1 schedule. News and life styeal for breakfast, daytime soups, B films, early evening???? Local and global, News then mainstream drama and documentaries, music and such. The programs would be a mixture of live streams (news and sport), new productions and seareals mixed with archives. All profiled the majority to your inclananation, with links and a minority of conflicting views. This will be mixed in with a "random" selection of the "best" that others profiles are watching and some deserving editorial "gems".

     

    Your profile will be adjusted in real-time by your choices of program subjects, by your choices of what is in your profile and, finally, you can go into and directly edit your profile.

     

    The content will be freely added by anyone, from more conventional channels or archives to new community or low-budget specials. Content can consist of local issues on council flower beds to the latest Hollywood blockbusters.

     

    The individual or corporation who adds content, fills in a basic profile for the program. When submitted, this is first sent to "reviewers", that is people who have expressed an interest in reviewing content. They then each add to the program's profile and when there has been a large enough consensus the program is dynamically added to the schedule, with the new consensus profile. The reviewing process is open to all. The System is open to content from all over the world.

     

    All the profiling data is dynamic. If you give a program a good rating its whole profile will be merged with your current profile. Trashing a program will reverse this - it will subtract the profile. This process will be elastic in its effect - it will have a moderate immediate effect and a smaller long term effect. Thus if you are a sports addict and for what ever reason you trash three sports programs and chose a comedy program instead, for the rest of that day you will get comedy and "teasers" of other subjects, the next day you will get half comedy and half sport... on the third day you will get the majority of what you watched on the second, and some of any "teasers" you followed. This process works in reverse, with individual viewers' profiles affecting the profile of the programs themselves.

     

    The profiling system will work as a tree, with top levels and side levels branching off. The top levels will be decided by the user's profile, and then dynamically adjusted.

     

    Some profile categories could be:

     

    Fixed: nationality (country/region); language (spoken/subtitles); type (film/documentary/news/sport/commercial, review; subject (searchable key words) etc.

     

    Variable: quality (good - bad), accessibility (easy - difficult), violence (child - adult), erotic (conservative - liberal), ideology (progressive - reactionary) etc.

     

    This approach would be modified for live streams and real-time news features which would work on a system of trust - that is on an registered profile of the organisation - which again will be adjusted by views real-time choices. Self profiling by active intention and passive consumption.

     

    There are also interesting statistical ways of collecting and processing such information, which could be included.

     

     

    User interface

     

    The basic interface idea is simple, a single button that gives you the option of trashing content you are not interested in. Interface options vary in their level of interactivity, encouraging interactive uses rather than leaving the channel on autopilot.

     

    1. Dumb - by trashing programs the user doesn't like and rating those they do.

    2. Basic interaction - by choosing from the cued up list of possible programming that is provided with any user interaction.

    3. "What mood am I in?" Expressed by the web - sliders - the users can express an interest in certain areas by elastically/temporarily changing the sliders on their profile. (dynamically created by their profile, with one or two challenging additions)

    4. Traditional key word searching (with or without the aid of their profile).

    5. Directly changing their profile (this complies with data laws).

     

    Options

     

    1. You can make your own, or organisations' profile public so that other people can watch it and you can watch other's... Undercurrents, football stars, NGO's, Channel 4 etc.

    2. You can "merge" others profiles in to yours, such as an organisation, famous author's or popstars. Which will provide an easy way of getting an interesting personal channel, and seeing the world from different points of view.

    3. You can bookmark TV series and news services, so that they always appear when a new content comes out.

    4. Key words can form part of your profile, such as a city, person or brand.

     

    It is important to realise that any large "outside" change will soon be personalised by your own interactive choices reshaping your profile to represent (and challenge) your point of view. A Universal TV Channel is not about dumming down people, it is about taking away the dull bureaucratic routines needed to choose “quality” and "truth" in our heavily commercialised and consumptive world.

     

    Funding

    Is flexible and from a number of conflicting sources. It is interesting to note that the content providers and viewers can choose which revenue funds their viewing in real-time, and this will also control our revenue flow. In this the project is one of a viewer/producer workers co-operative.

     

    Funding roots

    Advertising

    E-commerce's commissions

    State money (grants/regional funding)

    Sponsorship

    Donations (PBS)

    Pay per view

     

    Advertising is very problematic, but the money has to come from somewhere... we could accept advertising and feed this to people's profiles - for the mainstream this is the goldmine of revenue, and just like goldmines it has the problem of wide spread pollution. The adverts would directly pay to the content providers (video makers) a commission on each viewer with a cut for us as the provider. This is the dream of mad consumptives, though we live in such a world.

     

    Links to commercial sites - both mainstream and counterculture - the balance is decided by people's own profiles. We take the standard Internet commission for referrals and any purchases that these create. It is important to note that adverts are profiled just like programs.

     

    Public service? Government money? If this was possible, we could then pass this onto content providers and take a more respectable running cost commission. A good source of funding.

     

    Donations, the old PBS projects. May work for special interest groups, again we have the opening of taking a small commission in the middle.

     

    It is important that a proportion from each revenue stream is cross subsidised to all viewed work. Thus the mainstream movies advertising would pay for the counterculture response. Creating the liberal (and free market) ideal of "perfect knowledge".

     

  • cut for video producer.

  • cut for redistribution over whole network.

  • small cut for the host server of the video,

  • small cut for channel(us).

  • small cut for channel's production grants.

 

Thus we are not only a voluntary distribution network, we also pay for content, bringing a wider and more creative mix of local and global content.

 

Next Steps

 

Approach

This is the freeing of human potential, the profiling is not to facilitate people wallowing in their own ghettos. Each channel needs to always carry a wide range of views. For example, if someone's profile was largely shaped by sex and sport, the programming would not only be filled by pornography and golfing, but links and teasers for programs on the effect of pornography and the destruction of wildlife by the building of golf courses. In this example, if the viewer followed one of these links, their profile would react and bring up more options - a small, different window opening into a larger worldview.

 

Structure

We need a production, editorial and management team. The net, like any "unmoderated free market place", is filled with dross. An editorial level above the reviewers would add a holistic view to the information flow. Human beings are created by their society - if we do not consciously attempt to shape its flow - we are in continuing danger of polluting and despoiling our commons.

 

C.f.: Gerat Harding, Tragedy of the commons.)

 

Technology

1. We need to write a database to hold the profiling information, the channels templates, and provide and input page for content.

2. To create the user interface and local web TV application.

3. Sign up content deals with current Internet video hosting sites.

4. Work on the financing and management model.

 

Time table

This project is now technically feasible, relatively inexpensive to setup as a technological prototype. Marketing would be by rumour and users word of mouth (viral marketing as it is called)

 

6 months for programming and setup

3 moths testing

3 moths to get up to speed with content and video hosting.

Full launch of mature product in 1 year’s time.

 

Cost

For a minimal budget setup, in the region of £200,000 for the first year. Have office space in Oxford and access to an experienced development team in London.

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