politics just have to take the upper hand. I know it's ARS season, but sometimes current events just get in the way.
And since I don't know anyone being snarky about the local elections, I just have to jump on the U.S. bashing bandwagon. They just make it so easy anyway.
Jon Stewart has also noticed this, ad put together an entertaining bit exploring the elasticity of Republican Pundits expectations and moral outrage. There really isn't anything I can say that does justice to the video, so just go watch it.
is one of those really nifty projects I was extremely excited about being involved with. How could anyone NOT be excited about the idea of a site geared toward helping kids improve ad highlight their media skills? I'm a sucker for that type of thing.
And Screenkids is doing it online and off. Through a combinations of online tutorials as well as classroom workshops, they are giving the kids some guided hands-on experience to make some cool shows. Shows they can then share online.
In cooperation with the u19 crew from the ARS electronica, they are also offering workshops in Linz over the course of the festival. You can find out a bit more here.
And to see what their programming is like you will need to go to screenkids.tv.
You might enjoy the history of the war in Iraq. It certainly was fun to make.
seems to have a new prize category. The Merchandise Prize u14.
I have no idea what it's supposed to be, but I do know that I really enjoyed one of the winners.
Koyangi is the work of Selina Fanninger, a girl who has been painting with computers since the tender age of 6. Koyangi is a collection of some fabulous illustrations with some extra special goodies hidden away for those who want to poke around.
It's cute and clever and full of magical goodness.
can be a pain. Bad weather, angry people, armed police, and jail time are just a few of the problems a protester might encounter. And then, to top it all off, the chances are good that the issues and evets will all be massively misrepresented in the media afterwards. It's always amazing to see groups of soccer moms, little old ladies and veterans being described as hordes of violent anarchists.
Which is one of the reasons activists have taken so readily to the web and a role of media producers rather than subjects.
One very good example of this is the Uptake.org, a media wiki currently cov ering the Republic National Convention protests and arrests taking place in St. Paul, Minnesota. Having been on the wrong end of a baton before, it's absolutely spooky to watch their live coverage of protesters being coralled and arrested on the banks of the Mississippi.
The site also acts as a clearing house for articles on other aspects of the event, covering the preemptive arrests that were made, and going to press conferences held by local politicians and the police.
Because of the time difference, you will probably have to wait until later in the day to check out their live feed, but you can always look back at past transmissions until things start warming up. Just leave the page open in a tab or window and the live video will start up automatically as it happens.
seems to be the perfect way of avoiding any heaviness in the news. No talk about swat teams arresting protesters just because. No need to read about the whirling mass of death and destruction that has such a cute name. No time to think about Dick n Bush.
Just a camera tied to a bench. And a Sign. A sign telling people to take pictures with the camera.