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The Third Wave, The Fourth Screen, The Fifth Power, And Beyond

links for 2009-06-25

  • "A Spanish group called Labuat has created one of the most beautiful music videos we’ve ever seen. And the best thing is, it’s interactive! As the song — “Soy Tu Aire” (“I’m Your Air”) — kicks off, a line of black ink moves across the screen: You can send it up, down, back, and forth, or swirl it into circles. The line grows thicker along the way and splatters into several shapes: butterflies, red lips, birds. The immersive experience will make you feel like a maestro."
  • Highly recommended band from South Africa…
  • OK, last bit of Patrick-Meier-catch-up for today – all the notes from the Fletcher Summer Institute on the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict (sorry, civil resistance…).
  • Patrick Meier's talking at this, and it seems really quite excellent – maybe next year…: "As cases of nonviolent conflict rise globally, it is ever more incumbent for NGOs, journalists, scholars, and policy makers to understand how this form of struggle works, the strategies that make it effective, and the skills involved in its execution. The Institute will address these and other critical questions: * What are the most important strategic considerations in nonviolent civil resistance? * What roles do media, communications and new technology play in nonviolent struggles? * How do the actions of external actors impact indigenous nonviolent movements?"
  • Nokia Siemens Networks' response to try to set the record straight on the Iran intercept capability… and 141 people comment.
  • As thoughtful as ever from Jan Chipchase, and interesting sidenotes on the NSN/Iran Intercept controversy: "We've come across this issue in field studies to probe technology adoption in countries such as Brazil, India, USA and, yes Iran. When the research has been difficult to justify internally I've initiated and funded exploration into Tibet, Mongolia, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan to name a few destinations. The research has covered participants right across the social and income spectrum including communities that don't, or until recently didn't appear on any map – places at the edge of the grid, be they unpaved, un-sewered, un-electrified or un-networked. The level of ingenuity we've encountered in these places have often surprised us and the stories that we heard from 'everyday' people often left us humbled."
  • Bill Mitchell breaks the Neda story arc into its constituent parts: "Journalists have relied on a process approach to writing for years. The Next Step Journalism process practiced on the Neda story began with an event and is characterized by the collective sharing and enhancing of information. Such a process provides lots of opportunities for journalists and non-journalists alike to assess what a story needs next, figure out what he or she is best equipped to contribute, and move the story along. Deconstructing the Neda story reveals seven elements of this kind of storytelling — some more in need of professional journalism skills and values than others. In describing what's involved in each elements, I'm struck by a common thread: the importance of collaboration."
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