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Documentaries--Is the Future Downloadable?

Some of the best film viewing experiences at SXSW were documentaries. There was Trimpin, by Peter Esmonde, which introduces you to an oddball musician-engineer who constructs astounding and improbable instruments out of junk. Read more...

Gaming for Public Media 2.0?

For anyone interested in interactive public media, the burgeoning world of DIY gaming is fascinating. At SXSW film festival, a user-generated gaming panel opened my eyes. How big is user-generated gaming? Well, people contribute 50,000 gaming applications to Facebook in one year, according to Gareth Davis, everything from puzzles to monster slaying. The newish website Congregate has 12,000 games on it, almost all of them made by a single person. With low-low costs, thin streams of revenue from ads, payments for game items and/or fees for games actually make profits. Read more...

Our Stories, Online

How can young people make videos that not only reveal the terms of their lives, but that invite others to engage with them, share their own stories, and build from story to relationship? That’s what American University lecturer Amy Hendrick did in her project, Our Stories DC, which was funded by the Center for Social Media under a grant to explore the future of public media from the Ford Foundation.Read more...

Public Media 2.0: Argue about it

What could public media be tomorrow? We know the advantages and flaws of the media that stimulate our public culture now--our public radio and TV, our newspapers and magazines, our cable access and DBS channels and so forth. But what could public media look like when it's crossed with web 2.0 tools? Take a look, in our new publication Public Media 2.0: Dynamic, Engaged Publics--available at futureofpublicmedia.net. And argue about it.Read more...

Woody Wickham’s Legacies

It’s taken a little time to fathom that Woody Wickham is really gone. Woody, who was a funder and mentor of many media arts efforts over the last 25 years, had a resurgence of a gall bladder cancer and passed away with dignity in Chicago last month. He was 66 years old. His legacies are everywhere in the world of public media. This year’s Making Your Media Matter conference at the Center for Social Media is dedicated to him.Read more...