Thursday, November 02, 2006

Journalist's Last Moments of Life on YouTube

(image taken from Wikipedia article: Bradley Roland Will
I hesitated posting the link to this video, but am now doing it because I believe it stands as a tribute to the very risky, but altogether extremely important job that journalists do on a daily basis. I believe it also serves as a reminder that the freedom of the press, as any other American freedom, should not be taken lightly.

The video that American journalist Bradley Roland Will took just before being shot was broadcast on YouTube on Oct. 29th. He was shot and killed on Oct. 27th, during the teachers' strike in Oaxaca, Mexico. Global Voices Online did a piece about the shooting on Oct. 31:

While filming skirmishes between paramilitaries and protestors in Santa Lucia on Friday afternoon, Brad was shot in the abdomen and neck, and died from his injuries, prompting the CPJ to call on the government to investigate Will’s death.

The video depicts the last sixteen and a half minutes of the young journalist's life. The video itself is historically important, as Will was technically a citizen journalist, and because the entirety of the video probably would never be seen in the traditional media. It is only because of the internet and an open society, that this video is available.

(Warning: as stated on Global Voices, the last minute is hard to watch, knowing the outcome.)
The English version of the video can be found here.

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This is a great advertising idea - start a wiki to build community around your product or show.

Genius. Of course, the wiki is new and there aren't many pages up yet, but I'm guessing that one will change too. Rocketboom has one of the largest followings of any vlog out there.

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Viacom Seeks Deal with YouTube

ArsTechnica released an article today saying that much of the content that was recently taken down from YouTube because of copyright infringement of Viacom, has been reposted.

Apparently, Viacom is possibly seeking some sort of revenue sharing venture with YouTube.

Viacom told multiple media outlets yesterday in a statement that it was interested in finding a workable business model for making clips available on the Internet, so one can only assume that some sort of revenue-sharing deal is in the works like those that YouTube signed with several music labels. Last week's takedown notices may have represented legitimate concern about giving away too much content at once, or they might have been a bargaining device designed to show YouTube exactly how upset its users would be if all Comedy Central content was pulled.
I personally think that it was a bargaining device as well. Anyone with two brain$ at Viacom knows the value of the buzz that is generated about The Daily Show and Colbert Report online.

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Bono TED video released

This year's TED conference had a myriad of speakers, all of whom have changed the world in one way or another. Bono is no different, having helped start the ONE campaign globally. Check out his video here; you won't be disappointed.

I really can't say enough about this campaign. I am personally a part of it, and highly recommend you look into it more closely yourself.

If you want to help with the ONE campaign yourself (even if you don't have money or much time to give), you can always vote for politicians with poverty high on their political agendas. Elections are on November 7th.

Also, share your link-love with ONE... a lot of famous bloggers have done it, and it creates a web of interconnectivity that gets things done. If you're reading this, you are probably an influencer - YOU'VE GOT A VOICE.

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