Saturday, January 24, 2009

Revolution, Facebook Style

Can social networking turn disaffected young Egyptians into a force for democratic change? Esraa Rashid, center, was jailed for helping to organize protests online.

Read the whole NY Times article here.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Campaigns in a Web 2.0 World

Shortly after 9 a.m. on Oct. 19, Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama for president during the taping of “Meet the Press” on NBC. Within minutes, the video was on the Web.

But the clip was not rushed onto YouTube; it was, the network’s sister entity online, that showed the video hours before television viewers on the West Coast could watch the interview for themselves.

Old media, apparently, can learn new media tricks. Not since 1960, when John F. Kennedy won in part because of the increasingly popular medium of television, has changing technology had such an impact on the political campaigns and the organizations covering them.

For many viewers, the 2008 election has become a kind of hybrid in which the dividing line between online and off, broadcast and cable, pop culture and civic culture, has been all but obliterated.......

Read the whole NY Times article here.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

How to create your own Blogger theme.

How to create your own Blogger theme this tutorial is practical in each step and easy to follow.

Download it here: your own Blogger

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Know Uganda

An audio podcast by Shelby Surdyk.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Graffiti Removal in New Orleans

An interesting piece of art as advocacy:

British Street artist Banksy, whom we have previously discussed, has recently been active in New Orleans. One recent piece seems to comment on the city's strict anti-graffiti policy:

This is certainly an interesting commentary on the practice of graffiti removal. But it gets more interesting. Someone, presumably a city worker, found the piece. This is what they did to it:

(Ignore the difference in brightness/contrast. The two shots are the work of different photographers.)

What is this? Simply a case of graffiti removal left unfinished? Is it subconscious art? Or is it a far more intentional modification?


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Bulent, Man of Rural Turkey — a video by Ance Zemzane & Forest Kvasnikoff

A short video piece by Ance Zemzane (Latvia) and Forest Kvasnikoff (Alaska) about the life of Bulent, a man struggling to survive in the economy of Bademli, a small village in rural Turkey.

Bulent — Man of Rural Turkey from Citizen Journalism Institute on Vimeo.