Posts from July 10, 2005

We are not afraid

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A wonderful site of photos sent to London with a simple message: We are not afraid. Send your Photoshop messages of support to: pics@werenotafraid.com. [Hat tip: Pete]

My contribution:

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Empower the people

WKRN TV in Nashville is becoming a — maybe the — leader in understanding and exploiting the value of citizens’ media (thanks to good advice from Terry Heaton and Michael Rosenblum). They just held a training session for viewers to shoot news video. Now that’s the ticket: empower the people and everyone will win.

: The Lenslinger, a local TV news cameraman who would be threatened if he weren’t so smart, adds:

Broadcasters and bloggers sharing ideas, stating views and trading tips. Say what you will about WKRN’s other endeavors, any station that opens the doors other emerging media has my respect. Via Terry Heaton, we learn the Nashville station recently held their first ever video training session for area bloggers. Twenty local push-button publishers signed up for the event, which included classroom and field work.

Cool, this breakdown of barrier between town-crier and passersby intrigues me greatly. Many in the camera community shriek at the loss of lenscraft inevitable in this transfer of tools to amateur hands. They have a point, but that ship has sailed. It left port around the time tiny lenses hit the markets, which makes all those dusty old Betamax and VHS Cameras pioneering vessels in a shifting seascape, stalwart galleons tossed about in The Age of Convergence…

Marching against terrorism

Here‘s a nascent effort to organize a march against terrorism and terrorists in London. I found it via this London blogger, whom I found via this London blogger, whom I found via Technorati’s London bombing page. Wish I could join them.

Quacks like a blogger….

Romenesko insists he’s not a blogger. But he sure sounds like one in this post as he points to a San Fran Chron story complaining about Wired magazine sending “‘scary letters’ to readers who refuse to renew.” And then he adds:

(Business 2.0 pulled that with me, too; I never agreed to an automatic renewal plan, although the mag’s rep claimed I did.)

Sounds just like me complaining about Dell. Well, with less volume (in both senses of the word). But note that a blog is personal and that is a personal moment. And that’s fine. Come to the light, Romensko, come to the light.

The vast wing-ding conspiracy

James Wolcott responds to my lament — among others — that Oliver Stone is going to make the first U.S. 9/11 movie with a paen to — well, actually it sounds more like a eulogy for — Stone’s career. Wolcott is trying to find some vast right-wing conspiracy in people complaining about Stone seeing vast left-wing conspiracies. For me, it’s much simpler and I come to it not from a political perspective but instead from two vantage points: the first as a critic (once a critic, always a critic) and the second as a New Yorker who sees the memories of that day as sacred.

From the critical perspective, I’ll repeat: Stone make crappy movies. He’s a hack. Ace Hardware should have gotten technical Oscars for making the sledgehammers with which he pounds out his plots (in both senses of the word). I thought Wolcott had better taste than this, a finer sense of subtlety. But no: He says Stone actually deserved the Oscars he got for his Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July, films writ in neon. But most surprisingly, Wolcott says in public that he thinks Stone got robbed for an Oscar with JFK.

And now to the perspective of a witness: In JFK and other films, Stone shows no respect for the truth. He makes up his own truth. And I do not want to see that happen to September 11th. As a journalist, I would think that Wolcott would have higher standards for films that pretend to tell a story and add to history.

Wolcott says Reynolds’, Kaus’ and my complaints are about politics and Hollywood. No, mine is about talent and taste and the truth.

: Wolcott also replies to those who say that the heartland is rejecting Hollywood values at the fizzling box office:

The falling box office, as most sensible observers realize, is more due to the tremendous boom in plasma TVs, DVDs, digital cable, and all of the other sleek luxuries of home entertainment theater, which for increasing numbers of people beats sitting in a noisy audience and being flogged with an endless series of ads and movie previews.

Well, yes. But I disagree with both sides in this spat about the decline of Hollywood movies: It’s not about values and it’s not just about technology. It’s about quality. I have been desperate to see a movie for weeks — I love popcorn — but I haven’t been able to find one worth the trip.

We are not afraid

notafraid.jpg

We are not afraid

: A wonderful site of photos sent to London with a simple message: We are not afraid. Send your Photoshop messages of support to: pics@werenotafraid.com. [Hat tip: Pete]

My contribution:

binladenafraid.gif

Empower the people

Empower the people

: WKRN TV in Nashville is becoming a — maybe the — leader in understanding and exploiting the value of citizens’ media (thanks to good advice from Terry Heaton and Michael Rosenblum). They just held a training session for viewers to shoot news video. Now that’s the ticket: empower the people and everyone will win.