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  •  Accountability terrifies the media, too. (49+ / 0-)

    They're being usurped by blogs, YouTube, twitter and facebook. I say we take it one step further ---- turn our video cameras at the media.

    When the networks and outlets interview protesters, record the interview (and the moments surrounding it) and post it online. That way, when Fox, CNN, ABC, etc. slices, dices, and cherry picks to buoy their own biased agendas -- we can show the whole story.  

    We are the media now. And the old, entrenched media needs to be exposed; they have far too much power and they've abused their power at the expense of democracy. It's time for the 99% to take over.

    The future isn't what it used to be. ~George Carlin
    News about the righteous Occupy Wall Street Protest NYC

    by Eileen B on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 01:17:03 PM PDT

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    •  If Fox broadcasts snips of an interview ... (28+ / 0-)

      ... then re-post it on youtube as a split-screen with the actual context. The bystanders's film will show the whole scene, including at least the subject and probably a partial view of the interviewer. It will run for the entire duration of the encounter, and may even keep running for a few debriefing comments if they're clean enough to share. The broadcast version will be shorter, and will only include answers that fit their narrative. It may often cut away from the subject and toward the reporter if the subject fails to appear dangerous or incoherent.

      The side-by-side view would show the Fox version frozen or black during its unused bits, while the bystander version keeps playing. When the subject's audio gets mixed down in favor of the reporter, the comparison can overlay a gag icon on the Fox half of the screen and display a caption of the words that viewers missed.

      Why is there a Confederate Flag flying in Afghanistan?

      by chimpy on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 01:41:12 PM PDT

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      •  Beautiful! (7+ / 0-)

        The only problem I see is that the side with Fox News coverage would be black nearly all the time.

        Maybe we should insert a video of a small child dressed as a Fox reporter, dropping his microphone and covering his ears while screaming "LA! LA! LA LA la la lalalala I'm not listening la la laa..." on the Fox side of the split screen?

        Ok, but maybe mute the kid - the visual will get the point across. ;)

        The future isn't what it used to be. ~George Carlin
        News about the righteous Occupy Wall Street Protest NYC

        by Eileen B on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 02:16:17 PM PDT

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      •  that reminds me of that moment during the campaign (15+ / 0-)

        fox gnews went into a coffee shop in pennsylvania to measure the mccain vs obama support.

        the reporter asked for a show of hands to indicate mccain support. only a few hands went up. he then asked for a show of hands if they supported obama. most of the people in the room raised their hands.

        but then the reporter said something like obama has mild support. and the camera kept a tight shot so the viewer couldn't tell the real number. we only found out that obama supporters had more hands raised after somebody leaked the segment, minus the tight shot.

        it's amazing the lengths they'll go to to manipulate.

        smash the chair, bust the needle !

        by stolen water on Wed Oct 05, 2011 at 03:53:43 PM PDT

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      •  Heh... Forget Fox, even NPR clips (4+ / 0-)

        need to be presented in their full length, with accompanying context.

        The other day, All Things Considered -- which is no one's idea of a reactionary right propaganda show -- chose as its leading soundbites perhaps the least articulate, or at least the least media-trained, voices that they could turn their mics towards, and used these clips as evidence that "there is no underlying message" to the Occupation.

        To be scrupulously fair, they did follow up with interviews from young, smart, and polished activists from Boston and Chicago, respectively, who did a good job of giving the movement a reasonable face. But the damage was done: the meme had been reinforced that, however polished these interviewees were by themselves, the movement as a whole was ostensibly "inchoate" and "without an underlying message."

        (I mean, really, how willfully stupid does one have to be not to get the "message" of a movement that, in the wake of a financial crisis, an egregious bailout, and the ongoing push for deficit cutting austerity measures, has occupied Wall Street?)

        In any event, I don't even think that we can assume, as per the diarist (whose diary I love, incidentally), that NPR's intention here is deliberately sinister. I think, if anything, NPR has been steeped in decades of post-1960s, post-Seattle journalistic techniques for representing grassroots protest, and it probably doesn't even give a thought anymore regarding the specific content of a given protest.

        Beyond that, of course, there's the broader problem that David Simon, producer of The Wire, has made, and that is that in an era of axed foreign desks and culled newsrooms, journalistic institutions are mere shadows of what they once were, and are only equipped to get the most narrow-banded understanding of a given news event. They no longer have the time or resources to put boots on the ground, and must make their first impression the only impression, especially if that first impression is a "Squirrel!" or shiny object.

        Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

        by Dale on Thu Oct 06, 2011 at 07:09:53 AM PDT

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        •  Media bottleneck vs slow, complex messaging (1+ / 0-)
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          ... that in an era of axed foreign desks and culled newsrooms, journalistic institutions are mere shadows of what they once were, and are only equipped to get the most narrow-banded understanding of a given news event. They no longer have the time or resources to put boots on the ground ...

          With those smaller staffs, the "content providers" are struggling ever harder to produce compelling minutes to keep you in your seat between commercials. No wonder they prefer messages delivered over the transom in neat little packages, including video press releases. For outlets who still want to pretend to do their own reporting, there are lists of suggested "neutral" commentators and even preprocessed quotes and b-roll.

          To be fair, the movement really hasn't given the media a simple, sound-bite ready quote that summarizes its philosophy. To me, it might mean economic policies that are fair to all, or even more generally, that "No Power Without Accountability" applies to economic power as well as political power. Others, I hope, will bring more specific means to address our problems of money-driven politics, such as expanding the number of Congressional seats to rebalance the electoral college, or reforming the Senate rules of debate.

          This is by design, of course, since the demands have to flow from the process which the occupation is itself making possible via the General Assembly. At least NPR (via The Nation) seems to notice this process and its relation to the people and their broad goals:

          The Nation: We Are All Human Microphones

          "Mic check?" someone implores.

          "MIC CHECK!" the crowd shouts back, more or less in unison.

          The thing is—there's no microphone. New York City requires a permit for "amplified sound" in public, something that the pointedly unpermitted Occupy Wall Street lacks. This means that microphones and speakers are banned from Liberty Plaza, and the NYPD has also been interpreting the law to include battery-powered bullhorns. ...

          ...But the protesters aren't deterred one bit; they've adopted an ingeniously simple people-powered method of sound amplification. After the mic check, the meeting proceeds:

          with every few words/ WITH EVERY FEW WORDS!

          repeated and amplified out loud/REPEATED AND AMPLIFIED OUT LOUD!


          Okay, that wasn't really related, but it's a pretty good read, so click through to read about the not-quite mainstream media's take on the human mic. The story does continue, ...

          But the greatest hidden virtue of the human mic has been the quality that almost every observer has reflexively lamented: it is slow. ... Imagine collectively debating and writing the Port Huron Statement, by consensus, three to five words at a time.

          But really, what is the goddamn rush? ... As days go by and as the press attention heats up, the occupiers will be under increasing pressure to speed things up: to issue a list of demands, appoint spokespeople, nominate leaders, enumerate an agenda. I'm not sure they should go there—they did manage, over two weeks, to arrive at a consensus for a first statement, which if you think about it is a mind-boggling achievement—but if they do decide on demands, it will be at a plodding pace over the human mic. ...

          The rest we can figure out; the protesters plan to be there through the winter, so we have plenty of time. Think of it as slow growth activism, one that poses a provocative counter-model to Wall Street's regime of instant profits. ...

          The tea partiers had a concise message before they even started: taxed enough already. To call it an oversimplification is too generous, as it was a clear lie: the tea partiers were mostly just fine with taxes, as long as people like themselves were the beneficiaries. But, it was a simple enough message that it got repeated by simple reporters.

          So, maybe one message that the media can successfully digest is: People who hope to govern themselves have to be okay with thinking hard and discussing complex issues.

          Why is there a Confederate Flag flying in Afghanistan?

          by chimpy on Thu Oct 06, 2011 at 09:01:26 AM PDT

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      •  That is an excellent idea!!! (1+ / 0-)
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