Monday, August 15, 2005

Poetic, Political & Personal / Video blogging can get an individual's version of the truth out there immediately



Poetic, Political & Personal / Video blogging can get an individual's version of the truth out there immediately: "After filming a protest against military recruiters at San Francisco State University's career fair in March, Josh Wolf immediately put the footage online. Shouting 'Racist, sexist, anti-gay -- U.S.A. military go away,' protesters surrounded the recruiters, who sat with stoic faces. Eventually, they left as students cheered.
'By watching, you should be able to see for yourself, and decide if it was a First Amendment issue or if students should be punished,' said Wolf, 23, a psychology major.

In the last year, more and more people have begun filming their lives, their art and their local communities and posting their reports on the Web.
Known as video blogs, the short clips feature subjects ranging from the personal to the political: a dad filming himself making pesto and talking to his kids, who now live in Germany after he and his wife separated; a protest over the G-8 summit; the performance of a band at San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi's victory party.

'I have no credential as a major reporter, no organization that gives me validity, but the image itself gives me authenticity,' Wolf said. The viewer 'can see what happened. You can't argue with what happened.' " (more)


Vanessa Hua
San Francisco Chronicle

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