Submitted by kentbye on Wed, 2005-02-02 14:50. Blog | New Media
Submitted by kentbye on Mon, 2005-01-31 21:59. About | KentBye | Political | Transparency
I thought that it would be appropriate to comment on what I thought about the Iraqi elections as well as my personal views on the war in Iraq. What does Iraq's election mean for this documentary, and for recruiting a wide range of volunteers to help collaborating on a project about a very politically and emotionally-charged issue?
The Echo Chamber documentary analyzes the performance of the media during the build-up to the war in Iraq. Some may say, "The Iraqi elections were held yesterday, and going to war in Iraq and deposing of Saddam was a good thing. Why are you doing a documentary on the media during this time period?"
Submitted by kentbye on Mon, 2005-01-31 14:50. Collaboration | Decentralization | Dialogue | Evolution | New Media | RSS | Transparency | Worldview
My high school picked me as an alumni of the month for Feburary, and they are setting up a display case where they want me to send some awards and other things about me. But instead of doing this, I've decided to write an open letter directly to the students -- It's very influenced by the types of things that I've been reading for my open-source documentary, including Dan Gillmor's We The Media
TO THE STUDENTS OF BEECH GROVE HIGH SCHOOL:
My name is Kent Bye and I'm working on a documentary about the media.
Submitted by kentbye on Fri, 2005-01-28 18:32. CivicSpace | Collaboration | Decentralization | Drupal | Journalism | New Media
Hynes & I talked about our respective projects and similar issues that we are facing such as implementing a set of collaborative tools that are intuitively useful for potential citizen journalists, setting up a centralized/decentralized ecosystem of volunteer labor, establishing a fixed taxonomy vs. having an open folksonomy to organize information, and establishing a reputation system of users and messages.
Submitted by kentbye on Fri, 2005-01-28 18:28. CivicSpace | Drupal | Status | Website
This means that some of the current URL's here will probably be changing. The sooner I switch over, then the easier it'll be.
I'm keeping in contact with this volunteer programmer, and I'll pass along more information as the site gets up and running.
Submitted by kentbye on Thu, 2005-01-27 20:28. CivicSpace | Drupal | New Media | Open Source | PR | Rosen | Status | Volunteer | Website
I've been getting up to speed on the latest and greatest web technologies, and one of the most promising finds that I've made so far is with CivicSpace Labs.
When I interviewed PressThink's Jay Rosen last June, he had mentioned that his nephew Zack was an open-source programmer who was working with the Dean Campaign. DeanSpace was the community-building platform built on top of the open-source content management platform of Drupal. DeanSpace has continued development as CivicSpace and has an impressive range of community-building and collaboration tools that should come in real handy for managing a decentralized volunteer labor force.
Submitted by kentbye on Wed, 2005-01-26 17:10. Decentralization | Folksonomy | Rosen | Social
Weinberger eloquently described the dilemma of losing meaning during the quantization process by explaining how the Dewey Decimal Classification system's religion category gives 88 full numbers to Christianity and only one number each to Judaism and Islam -- a disproportionate number of slots were given to one religion over these others due to a cultural bias and a finite number of available categories.
Submitted by kentbye on Tue, 2005-01-25 18:46. New Media | Status | Website
I've been researching New Media blogs and community-building platforms over the last couple of days for EchoChamberProject.com
I'll report back with more thoughts soon.
Submitted by kentbye on Mon, 2005-01-24 21:53. Collaboration | Decentralization | Open Source | Rosen | Social | Website
One clear goal for The Echo Chamber documentary is to grow a community of volunteers who can actively participate in the production of this film.
There are a number of collaborative media sites that are popping up that synthesize, recontextulize and disseminate beat reporting and new analysis of current affairs -- Wiki News & Take Back the News (via Weblosky via Dan Gillmor)
The Echo Chamber Project is different in that it is more like a collaborative investigative journalism project that is dealing with a fairly fixed data set of 40 hours of interview footage and 35+ hours of news clippings.
The burning questions that I have is:
* Should I focus on developing a volunteer community that is ordered and centralized at a community blog here at EchoChamberProject.com?
* Should this volunteer community be chaotic and decentralized throughout the entire blogosphere?
* Or should this volunteer force be some combination of order and chaos?
Submitted by kentbye on Mon, 2005-01-24 20:16. Journalism | Objectivity | PhilosophyOfScience | Rosen | Subjectivity | Theory | Wiki
Wales said that the NPOV policy works best as a means to get a lot of people to collaborate and synthesize news from other primary news sources, but that it would be probably difficult for WikiNews to do much original reporting. They have high standards of neutrality and verifiability, and they also don't accept original reporting unless it is from a known and trusted wikipedian.