photochop: old picture effect

Posted: 22/11/2010 in photochop
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Here’s an effect that my friend Megan (in the picture) had asked me about a while back. I’m not sure what made me think of it, but here is an old film picture look:

Here are some more stories on what happened on November 13: the State Press article by Connor Radnovich and the Downtown Devil article by Jack Fitzpatrick. I’m quoted in the latter, which focuses more on the journalists who were caught in the chaos.

gonzo: an update

Posted: 15/11/2010 in gonzo
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Here is the package that was put together using footage I shot at the march/protest. I hope to make an extended package using more of my footage of the police-anarchist standoff soon.

[blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/hIM5gozMIQI%2Em4v%5D

On November 13, 2010, I was caught in the middle of a struggle between two minority groups in Arizona that resulted in injuries to many, including myself. The National Socialist Movement, represented by a few dozen people sporting shaved heads and swastikas (for the most part), planned a march to protest illegal immigration, among other issues. Out to meet these Neo Nazis were the Anarchists, sporting black and pink. The police were required to escort the Neo Nazis down the street, but the Anarchists and other groups refused to budge for the “racist scum.” Unfortunately for the Anarchists and bystanders like myself, the police have a way of making people move, and it typically involves riot shields, pushing, tear gas, pepper spray, and rubber bullets. Things started to get violent after rocks and other objects were thrown by the Anarchists into the police and Neo Nazi entourage. I caught a face full of pepper spray, even though I was off of the street, peaceably assembled on the sidewalk, recording the unfolding of events. I continued to shoot footage despite the burning sensation, until tear gas caused me to lose my breath and I stopped recording to seek medical attention. After medics had treated me with a good dose of vinegar and milk to neutralize the pepper spray in my face, I was able to report a bit of what went down in Phoenix on November 13, 2010, in this video.

More footage is on the way, as fast as I can put together a workable package.

musings: live lounge on bbc radio 1

Posted: 09/11/2010 in musings
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I’ve always been a huge fan (and avid follower) of BBC, particularly the news aspect of their website. However, recently I have been branching out, and I’ve come across the Live Lounge sessions that they hold on the Radio 1. In these sessions, artists frequently cover the songs of others, and you get a rare gift that results from a mixing of musical talents. Here are a few of my personal favorites:

deejay: new mix, K13

Posted: 04/11/2010 in deejay
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Here’s part two of the mix I posted the other day. Once again, I did not create the individual tracks, but I did make the mix. Hopefully I don’t break any rules by posting this.

download this mix!

Track list:

Jump Around (Deadmau5 Remix) – Micky Slim vs. House of Pain
Rude Boy (Tommie Sunshine’s 5AM Remix) – Rihanna
Meet Me Halfway (Richard Vission Remix) – Black Eyed Peas
Rock This Party (London 909 Main) – Bob Sinclair
Teenage Dream (DJ MegaMan & Panic City Remix) – Katy Perry
Beautiful (VIKING Remix) – Akon feat. Colby O’Donis & Kardinall Offishall
Club Can’t Handle Me (Sidney Samson Remix) – Flo Rida feat. David Guetta
Forever (Steve Aoki Remix) – Drake feat. Kanye West, Lil Wayne, & Eminem
Let’s Get Crazy (Party Rock Remix) – Cassie feat. Akon & LMFAO
DJ Got Us Falling In Love Again – Usher feat. Pitbull
Spaceship – Benny Benassi feat. Kelis, Jean-Baptiste, & apl.de.ap
Just Dance (Richard Vission Remix) – Lady Gaga
I Like It – Enrique Iglesias feat. Pitbull & Lionel Richie
Calabria (Kurd Maverick Remix) – Enur feat. Natasja
2Nite (S-T3RRA’s Midnite Overdrive Remix) – The Cataracs feat. Dev
Memories – David Guetta feat. Kid Cudi
Pump It Up – Pitbull feat. Dominic

Here are some more of my musings on the future of journalism:

Online journalists face a difficult decision when it comes to the comment function on their news articles or their blogs. The people formerly known as our audience are begging for more interaction: they want and need to be involved in the journalistic process. Unfortunately, there are some among that group that do not promote discussion or further the intellectual debate, but rather choose to fight flame wars and maliciously attack persons. These people are only aided by the ability to hide their identities, through anonymity or pseudonymity.

No journalist will argue that comments are a facet that we are willing to part with. In fact, it has always been quite the contrary: we love intelligent feedback. It is one of the perks of this job to hear feedback from our audience and realize that in some way we are influencing the growth of knowledge and by doing so promoting the democracy we serve. Comments on the Internet are certainly different from the letters to the editor of yesterday; however, we cannot say that immediate feedback harms us in any way. Rather, immediate feedback makes us more responsive to our audience, which is exactly what journalists need to be in this digital era.

The question for journalists becomes this: how do we foster the type of community discussion that Tim McGuire hopes for without opening ourselves up to all types of vile comments or skanky spew that Internet trolls are ready and willing to dish out beyond the veil of Internet secrecy? One possible solution is in the very former audience that we hope to emcee the discussions for. We have all heard of the invisible hand of the market (a key tenet in Adam Smithian logic). This self-regulation could be a key component of maintaining a troll-free environment on journalistic websites. We need a function in the comments in which the people can vote to eliminate inappropriate posts. The system could be as simple as this: a button on each comment that other members of our former audience can click to vote a comment as inappropriate (in the support of free speech, the first click by a user could simply send the comment to the end of the list of comments where it will essentially no longer exists; a second or third click could erase the comment entirely). If in a marketplace of ideas the truth will survive, the same should be true for the comments on journalistic websites. We must trust the people to regulate themselves to help foster our intelligent discussions. Another possible solution comes in the further development of profanity detection and restriction. Blocking obscenities is not necessary for all journalists, but for the more professional it seems to be a good idea. The final possible solution comes with the development of our plugged-in society. Anonymity and pseudonymity will continue no matter what we do, as Gillmor states, but the furthering of social media will help to create a more transparent society online. If journalists take advantage of social media to propagate their works, the natural transparency of social networks will likely eliminate a majority of anonymous or pseudonymous comments and help to weed out the trolls who create them.

The answer to our problem will probably not come from one of these proposed solutions, but rather it will be a combination of all of them.

deejay: new mix, K11

Posted: 28/10/2010 in deejay
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Here’s a little something I recorded the other night. I did not create the individual tracks, but I did make the mix. Hopefully I don’t break any rules by posting this.

download this mix!

Track list:

Like A G6 (Remix) – FM feat. Jermaine Dupri Obie Trice, & Adam Tensta
I Like That – Richard Vission & Static Revenger feat. Luciana
Rad Anthem – Rad Omen
Miami 2 Ibiza – Swedish House Mafia feat. Tinie Tempah
Dynamite – Taio Cruz
One (Your Name) (Remix) – Swedish House Mafia feat. Pharrell & Pitbull
Alors On Danse (Remix) – Stromae feat. Kanye West & Gilbere Forte
Rock That Body – Black Eyed Peas
One More Time (Remix) – Daft Punk feat. Laidback Luke
Shots – LMFAO feat. Lil Jon
Hotel Room Service – Pitbull
Pursuit of Happiness (Steve Aoki Remix) – Kid Cudi
Love Is Gone (Fred Rister & Joachim Garraud Remix) – David Guetta feat. Chris Willis
Gettin’ Over You – David Guetta feat. Chris Willis, Fergie, & LMFAO
Dead End (Chew Fu GhettoHouse Remix) – Master Shortie
Candy – Aggro Santos feat. Kimberly Wyatt
Cooler Than Me (Gigamesh Remix) – Mike Posner
Get You Home (Party Rock Remix) – Shwayze feat. LMFAO
2Gether – Roger Sanchez
Jump Around (Deadmau5 Remix) – Micky Slime vs. House of Pain

Here is some more of my thinking on the future of journalism, particularly citizen journalism and the abundant content available on the Internet. My thoughts are based on readings cited throughout the piece as well as writings by Dan Gillmor:

“The change we are in the middle of isn’t minor and it isn’t optional, but nor are its contours set in stone.” Perhaps the most impressive quote from the readings, journalists can learn much from this understanding of the new era into which we are entering. When considering the digital age and its implications for journalists, there are two main topics we must comprehend: how citizen journalism will form and affect modern professional journalists and how journalism can remain relevant in the abundance of content readily available for access on the Internet.

Citizen journalism is much more than a 26 second clip can reveal; however, I think that a look at the many reactions to this clip do justice to defining a new media that is growing every day. Grassroots journalism and citizen journalism are new members in the conversation that used to be limited to newsrooms. As mentioned previously, the organizational structure of journalism may be the first casualty of the transition to online media. This casualty should not be the focus of journalists though; rather, we must begin to form the new structure of our institution.

The new institution will have a number of changes, many of which will be uncomfortable for professional journalists. First, we must include the citizen journalists in our conversations, as primary sources and tertiary critics. We are no longer the middlemen between news and the audience; we are now as much a part of the pool as everyone else, contributing what we know (a purer form of journalism as learned in the trade) to what everyone else knows. Like politicians, we will include the polity in our conversations to provide news for the people and by the people. Second, we must create and maintain our niche market for good journalism. This niche will be characterized by our principles of journalism: objectivity, accuracy, and devotion to exposing the truth. Third, we must be active participants in the new media. Journalism can no longer be a reaction or a response to news, but rather it must take a proactive form in which we are in the fray (like our former audience will be) and collecting news every second. Fourth, we must help each other along the way. Journalists may no longer have fact checkers breathing down their backs in a classic sense, but we must understand that the former audience will be quick to cry foul on any inaccuracy. As journalists in the new media, it will be our job to work with each other and for each other to constantly check facts, follow up on stories, and support the works of our fellow professionals.

Beyond the reinvention of the journalistic institution, journalism must assert itself in the new era of content abundance. As Carr proposes, our readers are becoming less interested in scuba diving in the depth of articles and more interested in zipping along the wealth of headlines and news snippets on a Jet Ski. The question then emerges: how can we provide in-depth coverage to a readership that is interested in shallow information? Fortunately, there will always be a market for the in-depth, as Shirky argues, although the focus on this type of literature may be lost. As journalists, we will always have a public service to provide. Rather than be Luddites and fight the change, we must embrace it and most importantly become a functioning part of it.

deejay: rad omen

Posted: 10/10/2010 in deejay
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Once again, I’d like to draw attention to music that I find to be some of the best out there, particularly with a small following. The Rad Omen puts out some great music in their ten track debut album, Search Party & Destroy. My personal favorite song is the Rad Anthem (not just because of the music video, although that probably influenced my judgment). Definitely watch for the Rad Omen to put out more tight music in the future, and check out their website.