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DIY Video 2010: Political Remix (Part Two)

This is the second in an ongoing series of curated selections of DIY Video prepared in relation to the screening of DIY Video 2010 at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and organized by Mimi Ito, Steve Anderson, and the good folks at the Institute for Multimedia Literacy. The following selections were curated and commented upon by Jonathan McIntosh, who describes himself as "a pop culture hacker, video remix artist and fair use advocate."

Music Videos

Music Videos - Vidding, AMVs and many political remix videos use music and lyrics to complicate or even subvert conventional understanding of a particular series of images. Music and lyrics can significantly change the tone or emotional register of otherwise familiar images, and lyrics in particular can provide a complicated counter-narrative to common-place visuals.

Star Trek: Too Many Dicks

This Week in Civic Media 11.12.10: Tips on winning the Knight News Challenge

From the Center

From our friends

  • @GlobeMattC: Legal liability in the age of WikiLeaks: Hack/Hackers panel at BU http://bit.ly/a9NlQ

Tips on winning the Knight News Challenge

Future of News

Sunlight is still the best disinfectant

DIY Video 2010: Political Remix (Part One)

This is the second in an ongoing series of curated selections of DIY Video prepared in relation to the screening of DIY Video 2010 at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and organized by Mimi Ito, Steve Anderson, and the good folks at the Institute for Multimedia Literacy. The following curator's statement was written by Jonathan McIntosh, who describes himself as "a pop culture hacker, video remix artist and fair use advocate."

Political Remix Video can empower people to assert their creative voice, tell alternative stories and critically engage with mass media systems. It is a form of critical DIY media production which challenges power structures, deconstructs cultural norms and subverts dominant social narratives by transforming fragments of mainstream media and popular culture.

This Week in Civic Media 11.05.10: Civic media and the law; When politics meets pop culture, and more

From the Center

  • New podcast: "Civic Media and the Law" http://cot.ag/9NIEEe David Ardia (@berkmancenter), Micah Sifry, and Daniel Schuman (@sunfoundation)
  • New podcast: Emerson College's Eric Gordon (@ericbot) on local engagement games http://cot.ag/aSGn1f
  • When Politics Meets Pop Culture: The Mid-Term Election Report http://cot.ag/aNw14Z @henryjenkins

From our Friends

  • @GambitGameLab: Come to the GAMBIT Exhibit Grand Opening at the MIT Museum on November 12th, 2010 from 5:30-7:30PM http://ow.ly/32OxX
  • The Boston Chinatown public library branch: a beautiful if frustrating post from MIT CoLab http://colabradio.mit.edu/?p=6457
  • @jason_pontin: Those waves of grass-roots political sentiment on Twitter? Just astroturf. Fake, sent out by bots http://bit.ly/9els5c

Knight News Challenge

Podcast: "Communications Forum: Civic Media and the Law"

David Ardia, Daniel Schuman, and Micah Sifry

What do citizens need to know when they publicly address legally challenging or dangerous topics? Journalists have always had the privilege, protected by statute, of not having to reveal their sources. But as more investigative journalism is conducted by so-called amateurs and posted on blogs or websites such as Wikileaks, what are the legal dangers for publishing secrets in the crowdsourced era? We convene an engaging group law scholars to help outline the legal challenges ahead, suggest policies that might help to protect citizens, and describe what steps every civic media practitioner should take to protect themselves and their users.

David Ardia runs the Citizen Media Law Project at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Micah Sifry is a co-founder and editor of the Personal Democracy Forum.

Daniel Schuman is the policy counsel at the Sunlight Foundation, where he helps develop policies that further Sunlight's mission of catalyzing greater government openness and transparency.

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