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This Week in Civic Media 08.06.10: Department of Play Summer Institute, new "Data Into Action" blog, CoLab Radio

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Re-imagining Gaza: Youth Photo Exhibit & Films Premiere :: Aug 1st

The “Re-imagining Project” is a program of digital video, photography and storytelling workshops that supports Palestinian children and youth in expressing their cultural identity, personal narratives, and creative visions through participatory digital media.

The photo exhibit and screening events showcase work emerging from two 3-week digital media and storytelling workshops conducted from July 4 – 25, 2010 with 10-15 year old children, in collaboration with the Women’s Program Center in Jabaliya refugee camp, Gaza and the Al Aroub Play and Animation Center in Al Aroub refugee camp, West Bank.

Another wartime disconnect

We're in the midst of another wartime disconnect, though it's different this time around.

During the Vietnam War, the disconnect was between the government and its citizens. With the publishing of the Pentagon Papers, the press solidified a long-suspected belief that the government, through its spokespersons and the military, was misleading the public about the prosecution of the war.

Because they were published in 1971, the Pentagon Papers were late to the game, so to speak, to affect public opinion about the war. Yet they helped turn Americans away from their government: Americans knew their government had failed them, and since then, but for times of extreme crisis, Americans haven't trusted their government to make best-interest decisions.

Today there is another disconnect, highlighted by Wikileaks' publication of tens of thousands of documents purporting to show that the war in Afghanistan is going much worse and with much more innocent bloodshed than the government has admitted. Wikileaks frames this documentation similar to that of the Pentagon Papers, claiming that there's dissonance in what the government is saying and what the public now knows.

This Week in Civic Media 07.23.10: Red Ink is Knight-Batten Notable Entry; Youth, Video, and Gaza

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  • Congrats to our Ryan O'Toole on his Red Ink consumer financial data platform, honored as a Knight-Batten Notable Entry http://cot.ag/aw7efn
  • Filming and Editing with youth in Jabaliya refugee camp, Gaza – Week 3 http://cot.ag/caxyK4
  • Creative Writing & Filming with youth in Jabaliya refugee camp, Gaza – Week 2 http://cot.ag/crOmgc

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