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    I like the idea.  Now how do we get to

    "...a few reliable sites are going to be needed, with good quality content available, both in terms of information quality and the celerity to be there when it happens and get it out there quickly.  Live is not out of the question - the technology exists now, and it's not priced out of the realm of possibility.

    Then, the next step is to get a few truly recognizable faces out front - that, when all is said and done, is something that will pique the interest not just of the motivated but of the "drive-by" viewers.  

    And the final link is to get an archive of full-bandwidth material available to the major players.  Why?  Well, ever notice the "courtesy" bugs on sat feed footage?  Branding.  Getting it out into the mainstream.  This looser structure will be able to say it's won when the nets are using the material."

    ...from there?  When I put up an earlier version of these ideas someone suggested Google Video, which I went and visited, and it looked to me like a combination of public access TV and pay-per-view.  Not good, not useful.

    Again, as I say above, what will really be needed is a lot of people ("boots on the ground" if you will) with cameras and the ability to shoot, cut, voice, and upload stuff fast.  And some with the ability to go live from events of significance.  I am open to suggestions, and willing to pass some along as well.

    If you vote Republican, you vote for corruption.

    by MN camera on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 11:54:04 AM PST

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    •  thanks (3.80)
      a few reliable sites are going to be needed, with good quality content available, both in terms of information quality and the celerity to be there when it happens and get it out there quickly.  Live is not out of the question - the technology exists now, and it's not priced out of the realm of possibility

      The "live" aspect is a second-level outcome. The first outcome to work toward is the "good quality content." The advances in technology have created a world where almost anyone has the means to create a compelling video piece (not everyone has the skills or talent, of course). And many of them are doing just that. What we're doing now is trying to reach out to people to create a "nodal network" of filmmakers to create compelling pieces about the way issues play out in the real world. Once the interest/traffic in the site gets high enough, then more "live" type things can be created. But the main goal at the outset is to marry text with video to make the connections that the current media doesn't make, the connections between issues and their effects, between politics and our lives. And to always do it with video pieces that are "trustworthy" in terms of both quality and content.

      Then, the next step is to get a few truly recognizable faces out front

      The first stage would be to get those of us who are used to getting our content on-line in blog form to tune in. Then, as sites like this grow, faces recongnizable to the general public can be recruited to move things out into the population.

      And the final link is to get an archive of full-bandwidth material available to the major players.  Why?  Well, ever notice the "courtesy" bugs on sat feed footage?  Branding.  Getting it out into the mainstream.  This looser structure will be able to say it's won when the nets are using the material.

      Fairly easy, really. Just bug everything and keep the links active. Copyrighting will be loose, as long as that bug stays in it. Spreading the word is more important than squeezing money out of the video. In fact, the video is free and downloadable, and we'll encourage people to share it in any way they can.

      The time is now to start things like this, although I'm guessing it's 3-5 years away from being really attractive for a large section of the population. Google Video sucks (like you said, public access), and iTunes is the place for big media companies to hawk their wares. Sites like ours, and nodal networks like we're trying to create, are what we see as the best path to create an environment for independent films that can make an impact ...

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      by BriVT on Wed Jan 25, 2006 at 12:53:42 PM PST

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      •  Pictures, words and impact. (none)
        compelling pieces about the way issues play out in the real world.

        Brought to mind Senator Byrds "rambling" on...Coal
        yesterday. I could feel the impact of Alito on the coal communities. But I do that easily, translate words into pictures in my head. Too easily, when something is close to my heart. However I do realize  that most people need the actual pictures and words words together to connect up  how something effects their lives. Otherwise, it's just boring.

        Good work with the site. I will send a link to some indy filmmakers that I know.  

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