Re: [videoblogging] New Video: 150 Feet

Jay wrote:

> he's doing exactly what activists have always dreamed. and starngely
few other
> people are doing this…other than IndyMedia when they gather for big
events.

Taking nothing away from Steve's excellent work, that's not an accurate
statment about Indymedia or video activists in general.

Before blogging (or even the Internet) existed there was an activist
video scene. Much of it has moved onto the Internet, some of it has
not. Here's a few groups that do have a lot of work on the Internet:

– Freespeech TV – They have a channel on DISH network, there are
hundreds of activist clips in their archive, produced by them or others.

Free Speech TV

– Dyke TV
http://dyketv.org/

– Global Justice Video Project
http://globaljustice.ca/

– Working TV – Primarily labor but also environment and general social
justice
http://www.workingtv.com/

– New Global Vision – Italian group
http://ngvision.org/

– Kanal B – German
http://kanalb.de/

– Beyond TV
http://www.beyondtv.org/

As for Indymedia, most of what it does happens outside of large
protests. There are over 150 Indymedia groups around the world, most of
them will never see a protest that gets the attention of the mainstream
press. Over the last couple years the network has produced thousands of
clips that are not of major protests. Here are a few examples of what
you might consider activist video bloggers, I could give many more:

Bill Carpenter regularly covers activist type events and posts to SF Bay
Indymedia:

– The Hotel Workers Union Demonstrates for a Contract
http://www.indybay.org/news/2004/09/1694911_comment.php

– Tenants Face Eviction
http://www.indybay.org/news/2004/09/1694074.php

– SF Says No To Raids on Immigrants
http://www.indybay.org/news/2004/07/1690536.php

– Snow Shoe Films
http://snowshoefilms.com/

The "Funkinest Journalist", is a political hiphop DJ on a DC pirate
radio station and also occassionally posts video to the DC Indymedia
website:

– Interview with MC Killah Priest
http://dc.indymedia.org/media/all/display/14986

– The Black Studies Movement
http://dc.indymedia.org/media/all/display/15374

– Interview With Pedzisai Ruhanya on Repression of Independent Media in
Zimbabwe
http://dc.indymedia.org/media/all/display/14512

"Skidz" lived in Boston now reports from Palestine:

– Activists Visit Bedouins in South Mount Hebron
http://images.indymedia.org/imc/washingtondc/taayushsmthebronklyueh.mov

– Ta'ayush (peace group) at Sulfit
http://images.indymedia.org/imc/washingtondc/taayushsulfit36jmki.mov

– A White Christmas in Bethlehem
http://images.indymedia.org/imc/washingtondc/beitlehemxmasb0rutv.mov

Indymedia also produces shows that appear on public access TV or are
shown at live screenings. Many consider these activities to be more
important than putting video on the Internet, since the audience that
you can reach at a live screening is quite different than can be reached
with a blog. I know of regular-ish, organized production groups within
Indymedia that put together full length TV shows in Australia, SF,
Arizona, Portland, Europe, and US national.

So in conclusion, I would say rather than it being strange that few
activists besides Steve are putting video online or are doing that kind
of citizen reporting, that its too bad that it is too difficult to find
the enormous amount of independently produced activist content that
exists on the 'net. (I started DemandMedia in an attempt to provide a
portal to make it easier to find that content). In general it seems
that the blogosphere and activist video sphere do not meet much, perhaps
that will change and both communities will grow richer for it. I could
go on about exactly what the communities should learn from each other
but I'll leave it there for now.

alan

http://demandmedia.net/