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Connecting Raw Videos, Documentaries & Global News with Social Action

Me at the zooBeyond our digital-age access to videos of dancing kittens, the potential for raw videos to galvanize public opinion, set the media agenda, and sometimes shock us into new awareness may not have been fully anticipated by YouTube’s founders (or maybe it was).  In the mere seven years since we saw YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim talk about elephants at the zoo in the first-ever YouTube video, the growth in the depth, range and sheer volume of available raw, user-generated videos has been nothing short of breathtaking – matched only by our apparent appetite for them. Read more...

"Twi-plomacy" is Changing the Face of Foreign Policy

@StateDeptTwitter is changing the face of diplomacy; in fact, it’s creating an entirely new concept in foreign relations that is changing the way publics are informed by governments. “Twi-plomacy” is a term that many in the social media world may not yet be familiar with, but it is becoming prevalent among government offices. Read more...

DC Startup Forum: WaPo's Risky Business

Will Vijay Ravindran put The Washington Post in the forefront of digital strategies? Ravindran is the Washington Post Company Senior Vice President and the first (ever) Chief Digital Officer.  Recently, he sat down with AU’s J-Lab Director and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Jan Schaffer, to discuss his new expanding role and the future of news reporting. Read more...

The Netroots Impact: what online movements reveal about the state of advocacy -- David Karpf discusses

David Karpf

Door-to-door get out the vote and issue awareness efforts are photo candy for newpapers. The image of motivated and passionate citizens involving themselves in the political process connecting directly with other citizens constitutes a narrative of American democracy that just looks and feels right.  While such efforts continue on today, the succusseful advocacy campaigns of the 21st century begin and thrive through a different kind of connection -- an internet connection. Embracing the connective opportunites of the digital era is importatnt for advocacy groups to remain vital, but are legacy techinques and legacy groups done altogether? Who's running the show? Read more...

Yesterday’s (and Last Year’s) Television, with a Click

Internet ArchiveI recently spent a morning demo'ing a fascinating experiment in digital archiving of television (free login required). The Internet Archive, a vast and improbable digital library both of traditional and emerging media, has started a new project to use some of its immense and mostly dark archive of 24/7 television news from around the world. You might remember their showcasing of 9/11 television, which I participated in, and which has since become a resource for journalists scholars. Read more...