Posts Tagged ‘Media’

The present and future of investigative journalism: video

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “Fourth Annual Investigative Reporting…“, posted with vodpod has this video from the Fourth Annual Investigative Reporting Symposium.



Making Iceland a Free Press Haven

How WikiLeaks Protects Sources

The Goals of WikiLeaks

Founding the Bureau of Investigative Journalism

How the Bureau Operates

The Goals of the Bay Citizen

The Investigative Reporting Workshop

The WIRE and Other Projects

Discussion: The Feasibility of Iceland’s Goals


The first media monitoring service to analyze Arab content

April 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Although the media monitoring service is being touted as helpful to business and corporate clients, you might just be able to imagine its potential uses in open source intelligence. I learned about this service through a major arms journal.

Except from 7th Space Interactive:

Alterian announced its partnership with SocialEyez, the world’s first social media monitoring service designed for the Arab market. SocialEyez has adapted Alterian SM2 technology to cover more Arabic, English and French content from the Middle East as well as address Arabic-specific language complexities. SocialEyez, in conjunction with Alterian, have been working over the past year, to develop and launch an Arabic language interface for Alterian SM2 to make it the world’s first Arab language social media monitoring tool.

SocialEyez is a division of Media Watch Middle East, the leading media monitoring service in the Middle East, offering services in television, radio, social media, online news and internet monitoring across most sectors including commercial, government and PR. SocialEyez clients benefit from comprehensive Arabic and non-Arabic social media monitoring and also indepth qualitative and quantitative analysis of social media content.

Street TV

February 11, 2010 Leave a comment

This very short video introduces Telestreet as an Italian media jacking movement that “is a network of pirate micro TV transmitters setup by media activists across Italy.” (Thanks, Nico, for the link).

Telestreet began in 2002 and is now composed of over 200 stations in the country.

Italy’s prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, “owns 3 of the 4 major commercial TV channels, Italy’s bigger publishing house, supermarkets, football clubs and much more. Along with control over the state owned RAI TV networks he has access to over 90% of the daily television audience.”

As a movement, Telestreet is a political response to the centralization of communication.

Franco Berardi (Bifo), a media theorist and philosopher, is the founder of one of the first Telestreets: Orfeo TV. For him Telestreet is a technical, cultural and political project that starts from the need to reverse the power instituted in commercial television.  In the 1970s, he was involved in the Italian political movement Autonomia before fleeing to France where he worked with French philosopher Felix Guattari. You can listen to him expand on Telestreet within the video.

The technology used is basic and cheap to transmit to a neighbouring area. Parallel to the television transmission, programs are generally broadcast over the Internet. The example given of a simple transmitter is said to cost about 500 Euros.

Throughout the history of modern politics, including the politicsof movements,  the predominant  idea has always been  that communication  is an  instrument  for pursuing objectives which  are  in  some way  external  to  them.  The most  favourable  and  productive moments  of communication are the ones where we understand that things are not really that way. Communication is not an  instrument because  the public can understand what has  to be understood. Communication  is effective when  there  is a possibility  to be what we want  in  the  social  space. Communication  is effective when  it becomes public domain and can be shared.   It is not a announcement of what is not is not working or what should be done in another way, but a shared space of enjoyment and pleasure where we can be together. This is how communication reacquires its original significance of “commonality”, of “becoming common”, of building a land where we are quite happy to plant our feet.

The above quote is an excerpt from an interview with Berardi. You can read the entire interview, Disobedience and Cognitariat, here.

Adam Curtis on the media’s ‘oh dearism’

December 22, 2009 Leave a comment

The Pulse has this video as well.

A short 6:22 minute film on the state of the media is available on YouTube, by the excellent documentary film-maker Adam Curtis.

He says that:

Everyone knows that television news can be boring, that’s because it’s often about politics which can be very dull…But these days there’s another problem with watching the news. Night after night we are shown terrible things which we feel we can do nothing about. Images of civil wars, massacres and starving children which leave us feeling helpless and depressed and to which the only response is: “Oh dear.” There is a name for this. It’s called “oh-dearism” and this is the story of the rise of oh dearism in television news.

Political film from China, USA, Iran, and the USSR

April 29, 2009 1 comment

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These films are about economy, ideology, industrial society, or war.

Blind Shaft, directed by Li Yang. This is a Chinese film about con artists working in coal mines, and shows some of the hardships associated with contemporary working life. This film is part of what is sometimes called Sixth Generation Chinese cinema, a style and period that has moved away from the gloss, shine and romanticism of some earlier films. Blind Shaft has a lot in common with Italian neorealism, and though it follows the story of two people, you get a clear sense of the wider social condition faced by the working poor. I feel that there are many similarities with some later Iranian films, that investigate hardship in the daily life of many poor people, the banality of administrative politics and its dislocation from many pressing social concerns.

Here’s a trailer of the film:

The Afghan Alphabet, directed and narrated by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. This is an Iranian documentary of Afghan refugees in Iran. The main focus is on children receiving education for the first time in their refugee camps.

The first third of this video clip is from the documentary:

Modern Times, by Charlie Chaplin. This is a classic about the struggle to work and live in a modernized industrial society.

See the film here: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4; Part 5; Part 6; Part 7

Part 1:

I am Cuba, directed by Mikhail Kalatozov. Is a stunningly beautifully filmed Soviet and Cuban creation, quite overtly a piece of propaganda. It’s from 1964.

Here’s a clip from the film, I had a hard time finding a decent video:

Make mine Freedom, produced by Harding College. This animated film is a fascinating work of overt propaganda about ideology: on capitalism and communism. I think it’s from 1948.

Here’s the video:

DeLanda on Deleuze: Beyond the General and Particular in Philosophy

February 5, 2009 1 comment

I’m again watching videos of the popular philosopher Manuel DeLanda speak on Deleuze‘s break with the tradition of philosophy based on the logic of general and particular categories of thought. I’m especially curious about this in light of trying to better communicate meaning, to surpass semantic meaning and touch on the significance of things, as DeLanda puts it. He articulates a trap that I often see myself falling into, bogged down by the phenomena of language while missing the significance of reality subject to an event or issue.

I first expressed a desire to fundamentally reformulate how I ask questions, the content of investigation, and the medium by which it’s communicated in an earlier post: Synecdoche and Political Analysis in the News.

I think the videos below are great tools in this quest. Plus, I have trouble understanding Deleuze without someone to translate him for me.

The videos are posted on the European Graduate School’s YouTube channel.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Animated War

January 30, 2009 2 comments

This short video by Douleurs Sans Frontières elegantly captures the nature of the war experience in occupied Palestine.

The surge in French production of Western European animation has been impressive in the past few years. The animation is certainly taking a lot from the rich history of illustration present in Western European graphic novels and is a distinct style from the other dominant schools coming out of the US and Japan.

French animation seems to have a heavier, earthy colour palette and the motion of bodies has an edge to it when compared to US animation. I understand that some of the sharpness or jaggedness is a result of the limitations of computer animation but there seems to be an underlying difference in the philosophy of motion and light. I think that animation from the US is influenced by the exaggerated movements present in comic theatre while the French take from dramatic theatre.

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