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links for 2009-08-14

  • "There's a reason for this. Sound bites, says Clay Shirky, the NYU new-media philosopher and recent author of Here Comes Everybody, were a product of media scarcity, when public figures had a finite amount of time and space to make their points. Now we live in a world of "Publish, then filter," he points out, rather than "Filter, then publish," a time when the question is "Why not film this?" rather than "Why film this?" This makes Obama our first post-sound-bite president. If he wants to give a 37-minute speech about race, he can give a 37-minute speech about race, knowing that millions of Americans (now more than 6 million) will eventually hear it, even if they fail to catch it in real time. Not only is ubiquity strategy in a world of unlimited content, volume is too."
  • I like the look of this project…

    "By publishing a “road map” of production, this project will engage the audience through all stages of the project, and will create both a feature length documentary and enable a non-linear open source cinematic database that will evolve over time. The film will combine submissions, personal testimonials and mashups created by Open Source Cinema participants, along with the filmmakers content on preemptive forms of law enforcement and governance that have emerged in the post 9/11 world. This open source content will be available for users to remix their own documentaries. "