Welcome to The Echo Chamber Project


The Echo Chamber Project is an open source, investigative documentary about how the television news media became an uncritical echo chamber to the Executive Branch leading up to the war in Iraq.

By developing collaborative techniques for producing this film, then this project can potentially provide some solutions for incorporating a broader range of voices and perspectives into the mainstream media.

* Here's the Plan for How to Implement Collaborative Filmmaking
* Get involved by starting to listen to individual Audio Interviews or by subscribing to the Audio or All Media feed.
* Also start reading through the transcripts of the 86 interviews conducted so far.
* There are also other ways to volunteer and help out the project
* You can find the latest updates on the blog
* Some interesting press pieces can be found in this pre-preproduction cover story, this conversation with Madge Weinstein and this story & interview by Robin Good.
* More information About The Echo Chamber Project
* Here's more info about Kent Bye
* CONTACT: Kent@KentBye.com ...

Kent Bye Biography

Kent Bye
Kent Bye is a documentary filmmaker who is working on The Echo Chamber Project, which is about the failures of the mainstream media leading up to the war in Iraq. How he collaboratively produces the film could provide some alternatives for creating a more inclusive media.

Bye graduated with an electrical engineering degree from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1998, and worked as a radar systems engineer within the military industrial complex for 4 1/2 years.

While working as an engineer, Bye produced two narrative 16mm films, and directed his first feature documentary called Handicamp. Bye has worked with the Maryland Film Festival, Silverdocs Film Festival, MicroCineFest, and Johns Hopkins Film Festival as a film screener and photojournalist. He has also covered the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW and IFP Market for FilmThreat.com.

Bye lives in Winterport, ME with his wife Jennifer Gouvea, who helped produce and shoot The Echo Chamber. The Baltimore City Paper did a cover story on Bye & Gouvea's pre-production work on The Echo Chamber documentary in June of 2004 featured here: http://www.citypaper.com/news/story.asp?id=7807

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Echo Chamber Project Receives A $55,000 Grant


I'm happy to report that through a series of connections that The Echo Chamber Project has received a $55,000 grant for the next year of operations. Below is the text of the four-page grant that I submitted to the foundation, who prefers to remain anonymous.

I am also pleased to report that I have made it past the first round of the Knight Brothers 21st Century News Challenge competition, and am in the process of submitting a full proposal.

The Echo Chamber Project explores collaborative investigative filmmaking by using new media technologies as well as a repository of original video interviews with journalists and scholars. It is a project that details the limitations of American journalism while at the same time embodying innovative solutions through collaborative media production. In short, it is an independent filmmaker's "YouTube" combined with "Wikipedia" for serious journalism.

Radical innovation is needed in order to discover both sustainable business models for hard-hitting investigative journalism as well as new ways of maintaining influence and audience attention with trustworthy content. The Echo Chamber Project explores the two key trends of Online Video and Tapping into Collective Intelligence through Citizen Participation.

Continued below is a brief overview of the history and scope of the Echo Chamber Project, as well as a funding request for a total of $55,000 for the next year of operations...

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Echo Chamber Project's Collaborative Editing Demonstration at Vloggercon

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This is my demonstration of the collaborative editing workflow for The Echo Chamber Project during the Politics and Social Change Session during the first day of Vloggercon. Total run time is 9:15.

This software demonstration is at the prototype phase, and I'm transitioning to a private alpha and then a public beta over the next couple of months.

Please sign up as a user if you're interested in getting more involved with the project as it evolves.

More background information can be found in this post: Iterative Media: Treating Collaborative Media Like Open Source Code

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Iterative Media: Treating Collaborative Media Like Open Source Code

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The second day of the Beyond Broadcast Conference split into smaller working groups, and I attended the "Iterative Media: Treating Media like Open Source Code" session with about 30 other people.

The idea was to draw parallels between open source software development and the trend towards interactive and participatory media.

The Echo Chamber Project has been very much influenced by the open source production model, especially after watching the Revolution OS documentary about the free and open source movements -- as well as reading Eric S. Raymond's The Cathedral and the Bazaar.

Here is some of the discussion that came out of session as to how it relates to The Echo Chamber Project:


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Video: Media, Politics & Social Change: An Overview of The Echo Chamber Project

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This video provides explains how the media fits into political and social change and specifically addresses the following questions:

* How is the Press supposed to Work?
* How and why does the Press act like an Echo Chamber?
* How is media changing?
* What does it mean that the "news is becoming a conversation"?
* Will these new media changes affect the nature of politics?
* How does The Echo Chamber Project fit into all of this?

Featuring: Amy Goodman, Lawrence Grossman, Jim Lobe, Jonathan Landay, Richard Sambrook, Jay Rosen, Dan Gillmor, Jeff Jarvis, Doc Searls & Merrill Brown.

You can subscribe to the Interview Audio here or browse it here.

Additional interview transcripts are here.

Sign up as a user here.

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Technology Audio: Kent Bye's Collaborative Filmmaking Presentation at Ritual Roasters, San Francisco

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Listen to a presentation that I gave at Ritual Roasters coffee shop in San Francisco's Mission District on January 3rd, 2006. (Length: 25:28)

Chris Messina announced this meet-up with this blog post and submitted this announcment to Upcoming.org, and there were about a dozen people who showed up to listen to this brief presentation. Jennifer Myronuk recorded the talk, and I was interviewed by Geek Entertainment TV in a piece that should be airing sometime in the future. Update 4/10/06: Here's the episode.

Here are some blog reactions from Andy Kaufman & Irina Slutsky and some photos from Tara Hunt and EFF's Jason Schultz.

This is a more general overview of the collaborative filmmaking schematic, and I'd recommend listening to the presentation while looking at the flowchart shown below.

You can also listen to a similar presentation that I gave at the Open Media Developers Summit in early January here.

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Technology Audio: Kent Bye's Collaborative Filmmaking Presentation at Open Media Developers Summit

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Listen to a presentation that I gave at the Open Media Developers Summit on October 21st, 2005. (Length: 25:01)

This is a fairly technical overview of the collaborative filmmaking schematic, and I'd highly recommend listening to the presentation while looking at the flowchart shown below.

You can also listen to a similar presentation that I gave in San Francisco in early January here.

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Community Audio: Kent Bye Interview by Robin Good

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New Media trendspotter Robin Good conducted a 24-minute interview with me last week talking about pre-war US media, the collaborative aspects of The Echo Chamber Project, and the Open Source Intelligence Conference that I attended.

Good has put together the most comprehensive launching pad to The Echo Chamber Project so far filling by his post with a lot of good pointers and graphics. He introduces me and the project by saying:

Kent Bye, is the author of a unique film documentary in progress that may become a future model for grassroots citizen journalism, while showing how to invest filmmaking skills and ideas in a production that has some real informative values and developing the first web-based collaborative video editing approach to build open-source movies and documentaries.

Check out the rest of the post, and the complete transcript for the interview here.

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Community Audio: Yeast Radio Interview with Kent Bye

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Madge Weinstein interviewed me last week about the Echo Chamber Project, and I thought I'd send it down the Community Feed since it is a great encapsulation of the project so far.

Wired featured Madge's Yeast Radio show, which was picked up by Podshow Network that is broadcast on SIRIUS radio.

(53:00 / 34.6 / Subscribe to Community & Technology Audio)

Click here to listen to the MP3

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