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[liberationtech] the vee-jays of Syria...

Lina Srivastava lina at linasrivastava.com
Tue Mar 27 18:22:33 PDT 2012


On Mar 27, 2012, at 8:40 PM, Brian Conley wrote:

> > i will review Melissa's article, thanks for this Katrin, I'm  planning
> something of my own about Syrian video journalists and the role of
> storytelling, as well as the inherent conflict of interest between
> activists/advocates and journalists.
>
>  I'd love to see what direction you're moving in with the role of
storytelling, Brian. Gunther Sonnenfeld and I had a good conversation with
Katrin earlier about narrative, journalist, transmedia activism, and
engagement pushing forms of activism (and vice versa) that I'd love to rope
you in on. PM me separately when you can.
Lina

>
>
>
> >
> > On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 5:21 PM, Katrin Verclas <katrin at mobileactive.org>
> wrote:
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> > Some excellent reporting from my colleague Melissa on the strategic use
> of video (and BGANs...) to create the story of the Syrian rebellion by
> media activists or vee-jays (video journalists) of Syria:
> http://www.mobilemediatoolkit.org/activist-media-frontlines-mobile-strategic-and-much-more-just-being-right-place-right-time.
>  Really some fantastic stuff about strategies, tactics, and challenges of
> something that is very unique to Syria (even if Egyptian activists
> pre-trialted some of the tactical approaches that Syrians now use as well.)
> >
> > The use of very strategic video and reporting from the frontlines by
> activists,  crafting a coherent narrative of the uprising is truly
> remarkable.  There is a new Channel 4 documentary as well about
> VJ/activists which we excerpt in our article, and which the Daily Beast
> features as well
> http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/03/27/syrian-rebels-caught-embellishing-on-tape.html- unfortunately with lots of attention on the one incidence that the
> activists embellished.
> >
> > All of this raises some very interesting questions about the strategies
> of media activism and the strategic use of video to create a narrative when
> 'traditional' media is largely absent, and how traditional journalists deal
> with the inherent subjectivity of this reporting.  I am sure much more will
> be explored on this - we are just touching the surface here.
> >
> > Best,
> >
> > Katrin
> >
> > P.S. Jacob and Brian - take a look at the BGANs in the Channel 4
> video... : http://bcove.me/f1pil23j (min 2:20 on...)
> >
> >
> >
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> Katrin Verclas
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