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The Visual Life – the Sartorialist

“The whole world is open to you now.”

The Sartorialist.

A lovely morning treat.

 

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Ladies and Gentlemen – StoryDoulaDeux

I’ve asked my Pop Culture and Mass Comm students to post on Tumblr.com – so I decided to hang out as with them over there for awhile as StoryDoulaDeux. Tumblr’s great – I may be a convert. Come visit!!

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Introducing StoryDoula Techno

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StoryDoula Techno will become a repository of technical challenges and solutions I encounter along the way. It will cover everything from WordPress to Final Cut, After Effects, Flash, DVD authoring, camera features and much, much more. Please feel free to share your own techno success stories there.


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Mini-Sagas and the Lightness of Being

Wrapping up the semester I’m coming across jewels created from students’ hard work.  Here is EMU Digital Media major Frankie Coto’s 50 word mini-saga and the final video he showed in class.

Frankie Coto; cc Attribution, Non-Deriv, Share Alike

It is in these moments that we are pulled away from our mold that we feel alive. The joy doesn’t come from the experience but being unleashed. Wake up, eat, study, sports, play, sleep. This yearly pattern corrodes your human nature. Live and take a leap from your stable column.

Frankie’s words of wisdom about our role in relationship to the power of the Internet:

We are the brains and we control the machine.

Here’s the movie Frankie left us with at the end of class – a great note on which to leave the semester.

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Creative Commons Interview with Verite Artist Vincent Moon

Creative Commons is a movement.  Creative Commons is a way of thinking.  It is about community.  It is about creativity.  It is where we are going.  Inevitably.  Open. Fluid.  Dynamic.  I love Creative Commons.  CC interviewed verite film artist Vincent Moon about his work and his interest in CC.

Read the full interview here:

Creative Commons

My way of doing things is that I don’t really respect many of the things you should respect when you work with labels. With the blog in a way we never signed anything with all the labels and that is how we’ve been able to do our project, do all the Take Away shows. And because we didn’t really deal with any labels or manager, we’re always talking directly straight to the artists. My way of doing things is that I don’t care much about the intermediaries, those people between the two extreme points you know, maybe even two creators talking together or creators talking to an audience. My way of doing things has been always to avoid the steps in the middle and talk straight to the people. And that is how I felt the obvious link with Creative Commons. Now each time I get an email from a manager to work with an artist, I tell them to put me in touch with them and we will talk together. It’s more of a direct relationship.  -Vincent Moon

Here is a video about Creative Commons:

Creative Commons is laying the groundwork for a new type of culture.  A new kind of folk culture. – CC video

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The Web’s Secret Stories

Artist, web visionary and internet anthropologist  Jonathan Harris brings a mind-bending human element to the ocean of techie-tools to which we have access.  He’s all about how the personal story reveals the soul of the internet.

Don’t miss We Feel Fine – Harris’ website tracking human emotion on the web.

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The Collapsible Paint Tube and the State of the Internet

“The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.”  Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Google.

Good talk today with Video Web Apps class about how the world has changed, is changing right under our feet… how people see themselves, each other, their communities and power structures differently.  And how one tool can fuel these changes.  The internet is making that happen now.  I contend that the invention of the collapsible paint tube in 1841 started a ball rolling on allowing individuals to cast off a lot of the roles imposed on them because artists were able to draw more freely out in the mist and in smoke filled rooms – at dawn and twilight.   They weren’t tied to the “objective” environments of their studios anymore. People began to see themselves differently

Now people are not tied to the “objective”  media or power structures.  Blogging, sharing information is far more than ego platforms, stupid videos and ease of contact.  The internet puts power in the hands of individuals who use it.  I contend we must be intentional and use it wisely.  We complain about power structures.  We now have tools to see ourselves differently and change all that.  No more whining.  Get blogging.

Thanks to student blogger Frankie Coto for the movie:

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