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Warning: Table './kentbye_echochamber/cache' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache SET data = '<p>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. </p>\n<p>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.</p>\n<blockquote><p>\n* Here\'s the <a href=\"http://www.echochamberproject.com/collaborativefilmmaking\">Plan for How to Implement Collaborative Filmmaking</a><br />\n* Get involved by starting to listen to individual <a href=\"http://www.echochamberproject.com/InterviewAudio\">Audio Interviews</a> or by subscribing to the <a href=\"http://feeds.feedburner.com/Echo in /home/kentbye/public_html/echochamberproject.com/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 120

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Warning: Table './kentbye_echochamber/cache' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache SET data = '<p>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. </p>\n<p>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.</p>\n<p><strong>OVERVIEW</strong><br />\nThe 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 collaborat in /home/kentbye/public_html/echochamberproject.com/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 120

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Warning: Table './kentbye_echochamber/cache' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache SET data = '<p>I just wanted to break the four-month radio silence here on the blog to let folks know that I intend on releasing some alpha-level collaborative editing functionality with the 15 journalist interviews.</p>\n<p>I\'m addressing some bugs and getting things ready to start having some folks help filter, tag, edit and sequence together sound bite segments. More details soon...</p>\n<p>-Kent.</p>\n', created = 1464173855, expire = 1464260255, headers = '' WHERE cid = 'filter:3:e76e155b4a0202f1e8c92b77ed5c83e1' in /home/kentbye/public_html/echochamberproject.com/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 120

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Warning: Table './kentbye_echochamber/cache' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache SET data = '<p><center><a href=\"http://blip.tv/file/get/Kentbye-VloggerconPresentation405.mov?source=3\"><img border=\"0\" src=\"http://blip.tv/uploadedFiles/Kentbye-VloggerconPresentation119.jpg\" /></a></center><br />\n <br />\n <a href=\"http://blip.tv/file/get/Kentbye-VloggerconPresentation405.mov?source=3\">Watch Quicktime Video</a> | <a href=\"http://kentbye.blip.tv/file/42049?file_type=flv\">Watch Flash Video</a></p>\n<p>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 <a href=\"http://www.vloggercon.com\">Vloggercon.</a> Total run time is 9:15.</p>\n<p>This software demonstration is at the prototype in /home/kentbye/public_html/echochamberproject.com/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 120

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Warning: Table './kentbye_echochamber/cache' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache SET data = '<p>My new Macintosh was delivered today!</p>\n<p>As <a href=\"http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/270\">I mentioned yesterday</a>:</p>\n<blockquote><p>I had to purchase a faster Macintosh with more RAM and a better video card, and it should be arriving tomorrow. The straw that broke the camel\'s back was that my current machine <a href=\"http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/229\">doesn\'t have enough hardware to run Final Cut Pro 5.0</a>. And even if I just upgraded that hardware, my computer doesn\'t have a fast enough processor to run Motion 2.0 -- which can create a lot more dynamic and animated graphics.</p></blockquote>\n<p>So I\'m excited to get my new hardware up and running so that I can start figuring the details for interfacing <a href=\& in /home/kentbye/public_html/echochamberproject.com/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 120

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Warning: Table './kentbye_echochamber/cache' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache SET data = '<p><a href=\"http://blogumentary.typepad.com/chuck/2005/06/vlogs_in_itunes.html\">Videoblogging pioneer Chuck Olsen announces</a> (via <a href=\"http://thelastminute.typepad.com/blog/2005/06/video_blogs_in_.html\">The Last Minute</a>) that the new iTunes 4.9 features the capability to watch videoblogs (vlogcasts) along well as podcasts. What does this mean? Olsen says, \"it could change everything and introduce videoblogs to the masses.\" </p>\n<p>The word on the street seems to be that this iTunes feature doesn\'t have nearly as much functionality as the <a href=\"http://www.antisnottv.net/\">FireANT</a> software where users can subscribe to vlog RSS feeds and have it automatically download videos. </p>\n<p>But this latest development fits with the proliferat in /home/kentbye/public_html/echochamberproject.com/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 120

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Warning: Table './kentbye_echochamber/cache' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache SET data = '<p><a href=\"/node/65\">Dr. Andrew Cline</a> of <a href=\"http://www.rhetorica.net\">Rhetorica.net</a> gave a presenation about this project at the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association conference this past weekend.</p>\n<p><a href=\"http://rhetorica.net/archives/004079.html\">Cline writes</a> on his blog:</p>\n<blockquote><p>What I\'m doing is charting how the process of running an open-source documentary film project created a social network that led producer Kent Bye, of <a href=\"http://www.echochamberproject.com\">The Echo Chamber Project</a>, to critically examine more than just the immediate needs of his film.</p></blockquote>\n<p>The title of his essay is <em>Negotiating the Story Online: Social Networks and Cr in /home/kentbye/public_html/echochamberproject.com/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 120

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Warning: Table './kentbye_echochamber/cache' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache SET data = '<p>I aggregated the timelines for the Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production Phases of The Echo Chamber Project for a paper that Dr. Cline\'s is working on.</p>\n<p>Below is an overview of how the film came about and where it has been so far. It also traces the evolution of the collaborative aspects of the post-production. </p>\n<p>More details about the pre-production phases can be found in <a href=\"http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/226\">The Origins of The Echo Chamber Project</a> as well in the <a href=\"http://www.citypaper.com/news/story.asp?id=7807\">Baltimore City Paper cover story</a> written by Charles Cohen.</p>\n<p>More details about the actual production can be found by reading the <a href=\"/interviews\">interviews</a> that have bee in /home/kentbye/public_html/echochamberproject.com/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 120

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Warning: Table './kentbye_echochamber/cache' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache SET data = '<p>Dr. Cline asked me to give him some more background information as to the events leading up to why I decided to start <em>The Echo Chamber</em> documentary project for a paper he\'s working on.</p>\n<p>I told a lot of this same information to Charles Cohen when he was profiling my wife and I for the <a href=\"http://www.citypaper.com/news/story.asp?id=7807\">cover story on this project</a> that was published in the Baltimore City Paper a year ago. But not all of it made it into the final story, and so I thought I\'d share it here as well.</p>\n<p><strong> At what point did you say to yourself: \"I have to do something.\"</strong><br />\nGoing back to April 20th, 2002, I had attended one of the first anti-war rallies in DC before the Bush Administration kicked off thei in /home/kentbye/public_html/echochamberproject.com/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 120

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Warning: Table './kentbye_echochamber/cache' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache SET data = '<p>I pitched my project to Brian Reich, the <a href=\"http://www.personaldemocracy.com/conference/podcasts\">official Personal Democracy Forum podcaster</a>, and we sat down for a quick 11-minute chat about the state of the Press and how I plan on applying emerging new media trends to the production of <em>The Echo Chamber</em> documentary.</p>\n<p>They\'re technically unsyndicated MP3s as opposed to RSS-embedded podcasts, but here are links to the interview &amp; MP3 files:</p>\n<dl>\n<dd><a href=\"http://www.personaldemocracy.com/node/610\">http://www.personaldemocracy.com/node/610</a><br />\n<a href=\"http://www.personaldemocracy.com/files/Kent%20Bye.mp3\">Kent Bye.mp3</a> (10.29 MB)<br />\n<a href=\"http://www.personaldemocrac in /home/kentbye/public_html/echochamberproject.com/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 120

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Warning: Table './kentbye_echochamber/cache' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache SET data = '<p>I went through my first big blogging dryspell throughout the month of April. I have been writing all of these really long and intellectually dense blog entries in the name of planning out the theories for a new paradigm of journalism. </p>\n<p>The lesson? People want to see a proof of concept -- Theory is too abstract and -- well, theoretical. I\'ve had a ton of people say to me, \"You know, I try to read you blog, but it\'s just too confusing. I don\'t know what you\'re talking about.\" </p>\n<p>I would usually discard these criticisms by saying, \"Well, I\'m trying to reach a specialized audience of the movers and shakers of the New Media movement.\" And then when I actually got to talk face-to-face with a lot of these technologists at SXSW I realized that they understand me when I talk in /home/kentbye/public_html/echochamberproject.com/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 120

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Warning: Table './kentbye_echochamber/cache' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache SET data = '<p>I was able to get the word out about The Echo Chamber to a lot of people who have \"social capital\" in the blogosphere. My primary audience was the panelist participants, but I also found myself in many engaging conversations with people in the hallways and parties. </p>\n<p>I was able to met a lot of great people out at SxSW, and I\'m still digesting all of the different panels and post-conference Activist Technology discussion that I was invited to attend. It was a day-long gathering of activist digerati designed to build community and bridge the gap between Activists and Technologists. </p>\n<p>I took a ton of written notes throughout the week, and I am trying to figure out the most efficient and quickest way to manage this knowledge for myself -- as well as disseminate it if possible. I\'m hoping to go over my in /home/kentbye/public_html/echochamberproject.com/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 120

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Warning: Table './kentbye_echochamber/cache' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache SET data = '<p>I must have pitched <em>The Echo Chamber</em> Project over 50 times over the last week at the SxSW Interactive Conference. I learned something new each time that I talked to someone about it because either new questions were asked or I adapted how I was speaking based upon the verbal and non-verbal feedback that I was receiving from them.</p>\n<p>It is <strong>A LOT</strong> easier to pitch my project to people face-to-face, and by the end of the week I was able to convey the scope and relevance of my project relatively quickly and to many different people. </p>\n<p>Here\'s the latest version of my pitch, and I\'m sure that it\'ll continue to evolve over time:</p>\n<blockquote><p>I\'m doing a open source documentary on the failures of the mainstream media, and how I\'m pro in /home/kentbye/public_html/echochamberproject.com/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 120

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Warning: Table './kentbye_echochamber/cache' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache SET data = '<p>The Echo Chamber Project has hit the radar screens of some of the leaders of the New Media movement. Rebecca MacKinnon <a href=\"http://rconversation.blogs.com/rconversation/2005/03/kent_byes_inter.html\">posted a link</a> to my New Media Ecosystem and Dave Weinberger <a href=\"http://www.hyperorg.com/blogger/mtarchive/003753.html\">picks it up.</a></p>\n<p>Here\'s an e-mail that I just sent to Rebecca.</p>\n<dl>\n<dd>Thanks Rebecca.</p>\n<p>I orginally wanted to get my ideas to the people at this conference through you speaking to them, but I know that it\'ll get to them through these two blog posts. </p>\n<p>Not only that, but these blog posts will trickle down to everyone else who is concerned about New Media issues. </p>\n<p>It\'ll t in /home/kentbye/public_html/echochamberproject.com/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 120

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Warning: Table './kentbye_echochamber/cache' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache SET data = '<p>This <a href=\"http://www.hyperorg.com/blogger/mtarchive/003605.html\">David Weinberger post</a> directed me to ZDNet\'s executive editor David <a href=\"http://radio.weblogs.com/0143327/\">Berlind\'s Media Transparency Channel.</a> </p>\n<p>Berlind is attempting make the process of journalism more transparent by posting the complete audio of his interviews. A few weeks ago, <a href=\"/node/71\">I e-mailed Berlind</a> a <a href=\"/node/124\">blog press release</a> containing details of this open source documentary project. He responded to my e-mail this weekend, and I replied with a short e-mail pitch and suggested that he give me a call so that we can talk more about <em>The Echo Chamber.</em> He just called and we talked for about 90 minute in /home/kentbye/public_html/echochamberproject.com/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 120

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Warning: Table './kentbye_echochamber/cache' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache SET data = '<p><a href=\"http://www.prwatch.org\">PRWatch.org</a> is starting to do some more collaborative journalism, such as <a href=\"http://www.prwatch.org/forum/showthread.php?t=5319&amp;page=1&amp;pp=15\">this discovery of photoshopped propaganda</a> found by a volunteer citizen journalist in Spain. </p>\n<p><a href=\"http://www.prwatch.org/forum/showthread.php?t=5319&amp;page=1&amp;pp=15\">This pro-Liberation photo</a> is of a US soldier holding an Iraqi child with the added caption of \"She\'s glad he\'s there. Are you?\" This citizen journalist finds another version of the same scene that has a caption that says that the girl is actually a boy, and that his mother had just killed by crossfire. </p>\n<p>The creator of the photo says that < in /home/kentbye/public_html/echochamberproject.com/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 120

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Warning: Table './kentbye_echochamber/cache' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache SET data = '<p>I\'ve been conducting an experiment over the last week to test how blogging can supplement a mini-marketing blitz directed at a specialized target audience. </p>\n<p>Within 4 working days, I was able to contact the moderator of a <a href=\"/node/67\">Sundance Docs &amp; Blogs panel discussion</a>, contact and receive a response from <a href=\"/node/70\">all of the panelists</a>, and receive an e-mail response from the <a href=\"http://blogs.indiewire.com/eug/\">editor-in-chief of indieWIRE</a> who had <a href=\"http://blogs.indiewire.com/eug/archives/002625.html\">just commented on his blog</a> that \"there is so much going on that the competition for attention is fierce.\"</p>\n<p>Below are some more reflections and insights over th in /home/kentbye/public_html/echochamberproject.com/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 120

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Warning: Table './kentbye_echochamber/cache' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache SET data = '<p><em>The Echo Chamber</em> Project has secured its first advisor from the Academic world. </p>\n<p><a href=\"http://mjf.smsu.edu/faculty/cline/\">Dr. Andrew R. Cline</a> is an assistant professor of journalism at Southwest Missouri State University and a specialist in rhetorical analysis and web-based journalism. </p>\n<p>Cline has agreed to provide his journalistic and rhetorical insights throughout the post-production process of <em>The Echo Chamber</em> documentary. Specifically, he will provide comments on <em>The Echo Chamber</em> <a href=\"http://www.echochamberproject.com/interviews\">interview transcripts</a> and give feedback throughout the treatment, scripting, and editing phases of this independent film.</p>\n<p>Adhering to the transpar in /home/kentbye/public_html/echochamberproject.com/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 120

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Warning: Table './kentbye_echochamber/cache' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache SET data = '<p>I have returned from my three-week holiday hiatus and travel to Indianapolis (family) and San Francisco (friends). I\'m starting to reply to e-mails and get back into full gear.</p>\n<p>I had a number of meetings of the break to receive feedback on my business plan, and one of the items on the To Do List is to try to integrate all of the feedback into the next version of the business plan.</p>\n<p>Another priority on the list is to continue searching for a producer and other advisors for the project.</p>\n<p>I had a chance to read through some of the 25 completed transcripts that I have received, and I\'ve started brainstorming how to piece everything together. Another upcoming challenge is to condense the essence of the project into a four to five-minute trailer.</p>\n<p>I\'m also making a long-term in /home/kentbye/public_html/echochamberproject.com/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 120

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Warning: Table './kentbye_echochamber/cache' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache SET data = '<p>I have been contacting potential advisors and producers over the last couple of days in order to get a strong foundation for the post-production and distribution phases. Having a strong and experienced team around the project makes a huge difference in the final product. It will also open a lot of doors down the road.</p>\n<p>I have been talking to professors in the sociological academic community who are interested in the project as well as some independent film producers that I’ve met in <a href=\"//www.kentbye.com/index_fest.htm\">my film festival travels.</a></p>\n<p>The producers want to see a trailer (anywhere from 4 to 10 minutes) -- I have been receiving more and more <a href=\"/interviews\">interview transcripts</a> back from my volunteers which will help me parse down the 38+hours o in /home/kentbye/public_html/echochamberproject.com/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 120

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Warning: Table './kentbye_echochamber/cache' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache SET data = '<p>I’m starting to integrate some of the feedback given to me on my business plan (Thanks Bill!)</p>\n<p>I plan on contacting a number of friends within the filmmaking community to put out a call for some producing help.</p>\n<p>I also have another transcript to post this morning.</p>\n', created = 1464173856, expire = 1464260256, headers = '' WHERE cid = 'filter:1:5ece5ee4f80418f469647a03945c54d9' in /home/kentbye/public_html/echochamberproject.com/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 120

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Warning: Table './kentbye_echochamber/cache' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache SET data = '<p>An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.</p>\n<p>Therefore, I will be backing up all of my data to DVDs over the next couple of weeks. I am waiting for the blank DVD+R\'s to come in the mail.</p>\n<p>The footage takes a while to load in, and it would be a lot of lost time if something happened to my hardware and I had to load everything in again.</p>\n<p>In the meantime, I am going to be doing some outreach to potential funders and tuning up my business plan.</p>\n<p>I will also be eagerly awaiting the completion of 23 outstanding transcripts. I have 7 more interviews ready to ship out -- 4 of which will go out tomorrow and the other 3 will be sent out as soon as I receive the NDA and address.</p>\n<p>There are 13 remaining interviews to be loaded in and audio extracted to CD. I hope to g in /home/kentbye/public_html/echochamberproject.com/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 120

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Warning: Table './kentbye_echochamber/cache' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache SET data = '<p>Attention all transcribers,<br />\nA volunteer transcriber passed along the draft of the non-disclosure agreement to one of her laywer colleagues to look over.</p>\n<p>As soon as I get that back, I\'ll send it out and have you send it back to me.</p>\n<p>I am also trying to do a little fundraising to reach my goal of raising $4000 by December 15th. </p>\n<p>I have also secured a couple of advisors for the project and I\'m working on a few more.</p>\n<p>I have loaded 14 interviews into the computer and I have sent out two interviews to some friends who I trust won\'t publish the audio. They should begin transcribing the Bill Plante and Lawrence Grossman interviews soon.</p>\n', created = 1464173856, expire = 1464260256, headers = '' WHERE cid = 'filter:1:2ce247cff56cda in /home/kentbye/public_html/echochamberproject.com/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 120

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Warning: Table './kentbye_echochamber/cache' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache SET data = '<p>Today I secured my first advisor for the film. </p>\n<p>Brian Newman is going to help guide the project through the post-production phases. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the project, and I\'m very excited to have him involved.</p>\n<p>This Brian\'s bio taken from the website of his <a href=\"http://www.nvr.org\">current employeer:</a></p>\n<dl>\n<dd>Brian Newman was recently named executive director of National Video Resources, and is responsible for oversight and strategic direction of all NVR programming, development and operations. Prior to joining NVR, he served as executive director of IMAGE Film &amp; Video Center, producers of the Atlanta Film Festival, and as market coordinator for the Independent Feature Project in New York City. Mr. Newman also served as assistant coord in /home/kentbye/public_html/echochamberproject.com/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 120

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Echo Chamber Project - EchoChamberProject http://www.echochamberproject.com/taxonomy/term/29/0 en Welcome to The Echo Chamber Project http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/5 <p>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. </p> <p>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.</p> <blockquote><p> * Here's the <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/collaborativefilmmaking">Plan for How to Implement Collaborative Filmmaking</a><br /> * Get involved by starting to listen to individual <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/InterviewAudio">Audio Interviews</a> or by subscribing to the <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/EchoChamberProjectInterviewAudio">Audio</a> or <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/EchoChamberProject">All Media</a> feed.<br /> * Also start reading through the <a href="/interviews">transcripts of the 86 interviews conducted so far.</a><br /> * There are also <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/volunteer">other ways to volunteer</a> and <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/753">help out the project</a><br /> * You can find the latest updates on the <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/blog">blog</a><br /> * Some interesting press pieces can be found in this <a href="http://www.citypaper.com/news/story.asp?id=7807">pre-preproduction cover story</a>, <a href="http://yeastradio.podshow.com/?p=528">this conversation with Madge Weinstein</a> and this <a href="http://www.masternewmedia.org/news/2006/02/03/collaborative_video_documentary_investigating_us.htm">story &amp; interview by Robin Good.</a><br /> * More information <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/about">About The Echo Chamber Project</a><br /> * Here's more info about <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/tag/kentbye">Kent Bye</a><br /> * <strong>CONTACT:</strong> Kent@KentBye.com ... </p></blockquote> <p><!--break--></p> <blockquote><p>* Highlights from the blog are listed on <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com">the front page</a><br /> * Details on the director's thoughts on the Iraq War can be found <a href="/node/83">here.</a><br /> * Timeline History of the Pre-production, Production, and Post-Production phases of The Echo Chamber Project are <a href="/timelines">here.</a> </p></blockquote> http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/5#comment About EchoChamberProject Tue, 02 Aug 2005 16:13:00 -0400 kentbye 5 at http://www.echochamberproject.com Echo Chamber Project Receives A $55,000 Grant http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/2971 <p>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. </p> <p>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.</p> <p><strong>OVERVIEW</strong><br /> 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.</p> <p>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 <strong>Online Video</strong> and <strong>Tapping into Collective Intelligence through Citizen Participation.</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/2971">Continued below</a> 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...<br /> <!--break--></p> <p>The project will continue to test the developed collaborative editing software during the first quarter of 2007. Volunteers will assist in collaboratively completing a 90-minute film by the fourth quarter of 2007. The finished documentary film will capture the essence of the major conclusions from the 86 interviews with journalists, scholars and media critics concerning the press' pre-war performance. It will also include documentary evidence from a comprehensive collection of 5 months worth of pre-war news coverage from ABC, CBS and NBC used within the confines of fair use.</p> <p>By the first quarter of 2007, the online component will provide a comprehensive collection of all of the interview source material in a way that is easily navigated and searchable. If a viewer wants to seek out more details on any given topic, then there will be multiple ways to discover the source material in its original context. </p> <p>Finally, the project intends to provide a proof-of-concept business model for an open access, collaborative video production that could be applied to large-scale media organizations. A financially successful project could provide a viable blueprint for the future of online video journalism and the collaborative peer production of rich media.</p> <p><strong>The History of The Echo Chamber Project</strong><br /> The absence of independent and skeptical journalism during the build-up to the war in Iraq in the fall of 2002 is what initially catalyzed The Echo Chamber Project. I watched and recorded five months of ABC, CBS and NBC footage leading up to the war. Then in the summer of 2004, my wife and I went on a journey of interviewing 45 different experts who described the general symptoms and underlying illnesses of American Journalism as well as the specific pre-war media failings (<a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/interviews">http://www.echochamberproject.com/interviews</a>).</p> <p>After gathering many insights into journalism through the first round of production interviews, I realized that I didn't want to just describe the existing problems, but that I wanted to actually try to provide some practical solutions. I could see that the trends in new media were incorporating principles of transparency, openness, cooperation, collaboration and authenticity. So I began to explore the concept of "Open Source Journalism" in early 2005 and how to apply it to my documentary production.</p> <p>Throughout 2005, I attended a number of technology conferences and interviewed another 41 experts on New Media, Open Source Intelligence and Culture &amp; Consciousness to explore the future landscape of collaborative journalism. For the duration of 2006, we have been developing open source software in order to put these collaborative theories into practice for The Echo Chamber Project.</p> <p>The request for $55,000 is to sustain this collaborative phase throughout the duration of 2007.</p> <p><strong>Exploring Open Questions in the Future of Journalism</strong><br /> American journalism is facing many crises while trying to transform their business models and products for a communications environment that is marked by a fierce competition for advertising dollars and audience attention. </p> <p>Radical innovation is desperately needed, and The Echo Chamber Project intends on reducing the uncertainty on a number of open questions:</p> <p>* With cutbacks in newsroom personnel and resources, how are journalists going to continue to dedicate the time and energy to hard-hitting investigative reporting?</p> <p>* How can the press be collaboratively produced in a way that produces accurate and verified information?</p> <p>* How can journalists do a better job at tapping into the wisdom of the citizens and be more inclusive of alternative perspectives and points of view?</p> <p>* If news is a conversation and not a lecture, then what does this look like in the context of video production?</p> <p>* How can the press provide a more comprehensive map that represents the complexity of the world that we live in?</p> <p>* How can the press do a better job at cutting through the public relations spin to detect political deception by analyzing facts over time?</p> <p>* How can journalists better engage youth culture into current affairs?</p> <p>* How can the Open Business principles of openness, free services and free access be applied to independent documentary filmmaking?</p> <p>* How can the Free Culture principles of<br /> cooperative sharing and word-of-mouth marketing be leveraged through Creative Commons licensing of video content?</p> <p>* What is the potential of online advertising revenue to support an open and transparent post-production process?</p> <p><strong>APPENDIX: Exploring Solutions to the Open Questions in the Future of Journalism</strong><br /> This final section provides more technical details that could be treated as an appendix.</p> <p>I have found it is easiest to actually show people how some of these concepts have been implemented through a working demonstration -- rather than just describing it in words. The following two videos offer a general five-minute overview, and then a more detailed nine-minute presentation and brief demonstration from the Vloggercon conference:<br /> <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/media_politics_socialchange">http://www.echochamberproject.com/media_politics_socialchange</a> &amp;<br /> <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/vloggercon_presentation">http://www.echochamberproject.com/vloggercon_presentation</a></p> <p>These two videos offer a visual overview, and the following sections encapsulate the essence of some of the potential solutions to the open questions listed above.</p> <p><strong>* Distributed Sensemaking</strong><br /> Hard-hitting investigative reporting could be sustained by putting the following Dan Gillmor aphorism into action with technology: "readers collectively know more than the reporter." This could be practically achieved through a number of peer production methods and collective intelligence technologies described in more detail below (<a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/collaborativesensemaking">http://www.echochamberproject.com/collaborativesensemaking</a>).</p> <p><strong>* Peer Production</strong><br /> Collaboratively produced news with accurate and verified information can potentially come out of developing an ecosystem of volunteer roles and tasks that can add up to complex intelligence through an "architecture of participation." Best practices for this can be adapted from successful open source software projects, peer-produced Wikipedia, social bookmarking site del.icio.us, news filtering site digg.com and the playlisting community at webjay.org (<a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/iterative_collaborative_media_open_source_code">http://www.echochamberproject.com/iterative_collaborative_media_open_source_code</a>).</p> <p><strong>* Collective Intelligence</strong><br /> Tapping into collective intelligence is achieved by aggregating context and meaning on video segment sound bites through the mechanism of "user-contributed metadata" (i.e. credibility ratings, quality ratings, free tagging categorization and organizing video segments into playlist sequences). The end result a rich body of links and associations between the facts and subjective judgments that is used to aggregate contextual knowledge from the participants. There are many practical examples from technology firms that aggregate individual judgments into collective decisions -- Amazon.com book recommendations, eBay trust and reputation systems, the link citation analysis built into Google's PageRank algorithm, and the front-page voting system of Digg.com. The Echo Chamber Project will be combining some of these technological mechanisms within a journalistic context by using the collection of interview video segments.</p> <p><strong>* Participatory Engagement</strong><br /> The trend of "news is a conversation and not a lecture" indicates a preference of active engagement over passive consumption. This is manifesting with blog conversations and comment feedback systems. Audio and video "conversations" are limited by the post-production bottleneck involved with rich media. The Echo Chamber Project intends on exploring the dialogue possibilities by using a collection of video segment sound bites from subject matter experts. These video segments can be used as building blocks for creating longer discussions and arguments by juxtaposing multiple segments within a chronological sequence and virtually editing them together at http://www.EchoChamberProject.com.</p> <p><strong>* Handling Complexity</strong><br /> The world's problems have become more complex than the maps that we have to describe them. We are reaching the limits of linear storytelling and reductionistic approaches to describing the world that we live in. A more holistic and comprehensive map can be achieved by describing the interconnectivity and relationships between individual elements. The hypertext-linked medium of the Internet has a lot of potential for mapping out this network of connections, but most newspapers and television journalists are still stuck in the mindset of producing content for the flat mediums of print and television. The Echo Chamber Project will experiment with exploring new layers of depth and contextual relevance of video segments by using the filtering and clustering mechanisms of ratings, tags and playlists.</p> <p><strong>* Countering Deceptive Public Relations Spin</strong><br /> Merriam Webster's 2006 Word of the Year is "Truthiness," which indicates how much the proliferation of political deception has saturated our media environment. The tactics of political spin have matured well past the ability of the existing journalistic paradigms to effectively counter them. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert use humor and satire as their pretext for making political judgments. But there are other mechanisms for aggregating facts over time in a transparent way that provides an audit trail to justify controversial judgments and avoids charges of political bias (<a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/722">http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/722</a>).</p> <p><strong>* Engaging Young Audiences</strong><br /> Traditional journalism institutions are facing dwindling revenue streams through their legacy distribution systems, and the trend is the online movement of viewership and advertising revenue. It is harder and harder to capture the attention and engagement of the MySpace and YouTube Generation, and my goal is to create a social networking environment that is fun and exciting for me to learn, explore, connect and create. A key towards achieving this is to make it easy for like-minded people to communicate and collaborate in editing video content.</p> <p><strong>* Exploring Open Business Principles</strong><br /> The latest trends in "Web 2.0" technology have been free services and free access to open content supported by advertising. Cooperation and Openness are key buzzwords. It is an ecosystem of symbiotic partnerships rather than competitive enemies. The downside to openness is more creative and financial uncertainty through the loss of control. The benefit is more creativity, more engagement, more diversity, and a much richer end product with stronger grassroots word-of-mouth reputation, trust and influence. The benefits have the potential to outweigh the costs, but the fear of uncertainty has prevented media companies from fully embracing Open principles and making the quantum leap into this new paradigm.</p> <p><strong>* Implementing Free Culture Principles Through Creative Commons Licensing</strong><br /> One mechanism of cooperation and sharing is through "Creative Commons licensing" of content. Volunteers will be able to use some of the original interview videos under the conditions that they attribute it to The Echo Chamber Project and use it in a non-commercial context. This will help expand the reach and cultural influence of the source material.</p> <p><strong>* Exploring Sustainable Business Models</strong><br /> The key for this type of video production and distribution model to expand to other contexts is to prove that it economically sustainable. This will be achieved through a partnership with the advertising program with www.Blip.tv and potential advertising sponsorships. The online component will also serve as a marketing mechanism for the DVD release of the final film.</p> http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/2971#comment About EchoChamberProject Fri, 05 Jan 2007 18:45:39 -0500 kentbye 2971 at http://www.echochamberproject.com Breaking Radio Silence with a Quick Update http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/2970 <p>I just wanted to break the four-month radio silence here on the blog to let folks know that I intend on releasing some alpha-level collaborative editing functionality with the 15 journalist interviews.</p> <p>I'm addressing some bugs and getting things ready to start having some folks help filter, tag, edit and sequence together sound bite segments. More details soon...</p> <p>-Kent.</p> http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/2970#comment EchoChamberProject Tue, 14 Nov 2006 17:28:35 -0500 kentbye 2970 at http://www.echochamberproject.com Echo Chamber Project's Collaborative Editing Demonstration at Vloggercon http://www.echochamberproject.com/vloggercon_presentation <p><center><a href="http://blip.tv/file/get/Kentbye-VloggerconPresentation405.mov?source=3"><img border="0" src="http://blip.tv/uploadedFiles/Kentbye-VloggerconPresentation119.jpg" /></a></center><br /> <br /> <a href="http://blip.tv/file/get/Kentbye-VloggerconPresentation405.mov?source=3">Watch Quicktime Video</a> | <a href="http://kentbye.blip.tv/file/42049?file_type=flv">Watch Flash Video</a></p> <p>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 <a href="http://www.vloggercon.com">Vloggercon.</a> Total run time is 9:15.</p> <p>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. </p> <p>Please <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/user/register">sign up as a user</a> if you're interested in getting more involved with the project as it evolves. </p> <p>More background information can be found in this post: <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/iterative_collaborative_media_open_source_code">Iterative Media: Treating Collaborative Media Like Open Source Code</a></p> <p><!--break--></p> http://www.echochamberproject.com/vloggercon_presentation#comment About demo EchoChamberProject KentBye Software Vlog Vloggercon Thu, 15 Jun 2006 16:07:31 -0400 kentbye 799 at http://www.echochamberproject.com Video: Media, Politics & Social Change: An Overview of The Echo Chamber Project http://www.echochamberproject.com/media_politics_socialchange <p><center><a href="http://blip.tv/file/get/Kentbye-EchoChamberProjectSocialChange736.mov"><br /> <img src="http://www.echochamberproject.com/files/images/politics_socialchange.jpg" alt=''></a><br /> </center></p> <p><a href="http://kentbye.blip.tv/file/31389?file_type=flv">Flash Version</a></p> <p>This video provides explains how the media fits into political and social change and specifically addresses the following questions:</p> <blockquote><p>* How is the Press supposed to Work?<br /> * How and why does the Press act like an Echo Chamber?<br /> * How is media changing?<br /> * What does it mean that the "news is becoming a conversation"?<br /> * Will these new media changes affect the nature of politics?<br /> * How does The Echo Chamber Project fit into all of this?</p></blockquote> <p><strong>Featuring:</strong> <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/goodman">Amy Goodman</a>, <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/grossman">Lawrence Grossman, <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/lobe">Jim Lobe</a>, <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/landay">Jonathan Landay</a>, <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/sambrook">Richard Sambrook</a>, <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/rosen">Jay Rosen</a>, <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/gillmor">Dan Gillmor</a>, <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/jarvis">Jeff Jarvis</a>, <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/searls">Doc Searls</a> &amp; <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/merrillbrown">Merrill Brown</a>.</p> <p>You can subscribe to the Interview Audio <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/EchoChamberProjectInterviewAudio">here</a> or browse it <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/InterviewAudio">here.</a></p> <p>Additional interview transcripts are <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/interviews">here.</a></p> <p>Sign up as a user <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/user/register">here.</a></p> <p><!--break--><br /> Music Credits: </p> <blockquote><p>* <a href="http://ccmixter.org/media/files/disharmonic/2957">“In The Sky”</a> by <a href="http://ccmixter.org/media/people/disharmonic">disharmonic</a> via <a href="http://ccmixter.org">ccmixter</a><br /> * <a href="http://ccmixter.org/media/files/disharmonic/2958">“On The Moon (Trip Hop mix)”</a> by <a href="http://ccmixter.org/media/people/disharmonic">disharmonic</a> via <a href="http://ccmixter.org">ccmixter</a><br /> * <a href="http://ccmixter.org/media/files/cdk/3841">"People"</a> by <a href="http://ccmixter.org/media/people/cdk">cdk</a> via <a href="http://ccmixter.org">ccmixter</a><br /> * <a href="http://magnatune.com/artists/albums/sieber-second/">"Tree of Love"</a> by <a href="http://www.jamisieber.com/">Jami Sieber</a> used by permission by <a href="http://www.magnatune.com">Magnatune.com</a></p></blockquote> http://www.echochamberproject.com/media_politics_socialchange#comment About Activism EchoChamberProject Journalism Politics trends Vlog Wed, 10 May 2006 09:46:07 -0400 kentbye 796 at http://www.echochamberproject.com New Computer Arrived http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/273 <p>My new Macintosh was delivered today!</p> <p>As <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/270">I mentioned yesterday</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>I had to purchase a faster Macintosh with more RAM and a better video card, and it should be arriving tomorrow. The straw that broke the camel's back was that my current machine <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/229">doesn't have enough hardware to run Final Cut Pro 5.0</a>. And even if I just upgraded that hardware, my computer doesn't have a fast enough processor to run Motion 2.0 -- which can create a lot more dynamic and animated graphics.</p></blockquote> <p>So I'm excited to get my new hardware up and running so that I can start figuring the details for interfacing <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/219">Final Cut Pro's XML capabilities with Drupal</a> for collaborative editing.</p> <p>I'm also excited to start getting some audio and video out there.<br /> <!--break--></p> http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/273#comment EchoChamberProject Status Fri, 01 Jul 2005 14:52:00 -0400 kentbye 273 at http://www.echochamberproject.com Echo Chamber Project Vlog & Podcast Coming Soon http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/270 <p><a href="http://blogumentary.typepad.com/chuck/2005/06/vlogs_in_itunes.html">Videoblogging pioneer Chuck Olsen announces</a> (via <a href="http://thelastminute.typepad.com/blog/2005/06/video_blogs_in_.html">The Last Minute</a>) that the new iTunes 4.9 features the capability to watch videoblogs (vlogcasts) along well as podcasts. What does this mean? Olsen says, "it could change everything and introduce videoblogs to the masses." </p> <p>The word on the street seems to be that this iTunes feature doesn't have nearly as much functionality as the <a href="http://www.antisnottv.net/">FireANT</a> software where users can subscribe to vlog RSS feeds and have it automatically download videos. </p> <p>But this latest development fits with the proliferation of personalized video and audio online that was identified by many of the <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/153">New Media leaders that I interviewed</a> at the Personal Democracy Forum. Vlogs and podcasts are going to be a lot more prevalent over the next 5-10 years, and culture is <strong>no longer going</strong> to come strictly from the centralized mass media. </p> <p>So it's time to jump on the bandwagon and start using vlogs and podcasts to collaboratively produce my documentary on the failures of the mainstream media. I might as well be one of the early adopters of these new media technologies.</p> <p>I had to purchase a faster Macintosh with more RAM and a better video card, and it should be arriving tomorrow. The straw that broke the camel's back was that my current machine <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/229">doesn't have enough hardware to run Final Cut Pro 5.0</a>. And even if I just upgraded that hardware, my computer doesn't have a fast enough processor to run Motion 2.0 -- which can create a lot more dynamic and animated graphics.</p> <p>So I after I get more of my <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/phase01">Phase01</a> development <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/plante_mockup">mapped out</a>, then expect to see some Echo Chamber Project podcasts and vlogcasts coming within the next month or so.</p> <p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> Testing out my Vlog Feedburner Feed: <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/EchoChamberProjectVlog"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~fc/EchoChamberProjectVlog?bg=99CCFF&amp;fg=000000&amp;anim=0" height="26" width="88" style="border:0" alt="" /></a><br /> <!--break--></p> http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/270#comment EchoChamberProject FinalCutPro FireANT Status Vlog Website Thu, 30 Jun 2005 11:55:00 -0400 kentbye 270 at http://www.echochamberproject.com Excerpts from Dr. Cline's Paper Coming Soon http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/230 <p><a href="/node/65">Dr. Andrew Cline</a> of <a href="http://www.rhetorica.net">Rhetorica.net</a> gave a presenation about this project at the Missouri Broadcast Educators Association conference this past weekend.</p> <p><a href="http://rhetorica.net/archives/004079.html">Cline writes</a> on his blog:</p> <blockquote><p>What I'm doing is charting how the process of running an open-source documentary film project created a social network that led producer Kent Bye, of <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com">The Echo Chamber Project</a>, to critically examine more than just the immediate needs of his film.</p></blockquote> <p>The title of his essay is <em>Negotiating the Story Online: Social Networks and Critical Pedagogy in Broadcast Journalism</em></p> <p>Cline says that he'll post some excerpts from the essay here within the next couple of weeks. I'm looking forward to reading his observations.<br /> <!--break--></p> http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/230#comment Advisor EchoChamberProject Tue, 14 Jun 2005 11:56:46 -0400 kentbye 230 at http://www.echochamberproject.com Timelines for the Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production Phases http://www.echochamberproject.com/timeline <p>I aggregated the timelines for the Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production Phases of The Echo Chamber Project for a paper that Dr. Cline's is working on.</p> <p>Below is an overview of how the film came about and where it has been so far. It also traces the evolution of the collaborative aspects of the post-production. </p> <p>More details about the pre-production phases can be found in <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/226">The Origins of The Echo Chamber Project</a> as well in the <a href="http://www.citypaper.com/news/story.asp?id=7807">Baltimore City Paper cover story</a> written by Charles Cohen.</p> <p>More details about the actual production can be found by reading the <a href="/interviews">interviews</a> that have been transcribed.</p> <p>There are links to blog entries covering the big post-production highlights in the timeline, and more details can be found by sifting through the blog archives...<br /> <!--break--></p> <blockquote> <table border="1" cellpadding="7"> <tr> <td><strong>DATE</strong></td> <td><strong> PRE-PRODUCTION: </strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 4/20/02 </strong></td> <td> I attended an anti-war rally in Washington DC four months before the Bush Administration launched their broader PR campaign to sell the war in Iraq. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 8/22/02 </strong></td> <td> I heard Scott Ritter speak and Baltimore and declare that the Bush Administration was going to go to war in Iraq and that they were going to use WMD to justify it. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 8/26/02 </strong></td> <td> Vice President Cheney gave a speech at the VFW that kicked off the public relations campaign to sell the war in Iraq. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> September to October 2002 </strong></td> <td> I began to periodically record C-SPAN </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 9/28/02 </strong></td> <td> I attended anti-war rally in DC and didn't see a lot of media coverage. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> Oct-02 </strong></td> <td> DC Sniper Case broke and I began recording ABC, CBS &amp; NBC news to show the lack of coverage happening at the UN. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 10/26/02 </strong></td> <td> I attended anti-war rally in Washington, DC and there still wasn't a lot of media coverage. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 11/6/02 </strong></td> <td> I began recording ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News and PBS' Newshour with Jim Lehrer every night until the war began on March 19, 2003 </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 11/8/02 </strong></td> <td> UN Security Council passed 1441 setting the mandate for the weapons inspectors in Iraq. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 11/25/02 </strong></td> <td> I began recording BBC every day </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> Dec-02 </strong></td> <td> I began recording Wolf Blitzer on CNN, Brit Hume one Fox News and Countdown: Iraq on MSNBC every day. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 1/18/03 </strong></td> <td> I attended an anti-war rally in Washington, DC and still wasn't hearing much substance from the rallies in the media coverage. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 1/28/03 </strong></td> <td> Bush's State of the Union Address </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 2/5/03 </strong></td> <td> Colin Powell's UN speech </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 2/15/03 </strong></td> <td> I attended an anti-war rally in New York City </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 3/19/03 </strong></td> <td> The war began and I began recording over 60 hours per day of the media's coverage of the war until July 2003. <em>The Echo Chamber</em> documentary <strong>will only analyze</strong> the 35+ hours of ABC, CBS and NBC's coverage <strong><em>before</em></strong> March 19th, 2003. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 9/1/03 </strong></td> <td> I leave my full-time engineering job with Northrop Grumman to work full-time on <em>The Echo Chamber</em> documentary. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 9/1/03 </strong></td> <td> I begin to log and re-watch all of the pre-war coverage from ABC, CBS and NBC </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> Nov-03 </strong></td> <td> I begin to put together a timeline of all of the pre-war news coverage from mainstream, alternative and government sources </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> Late November 2003 </strong></td> <td> Pre-production interviews with Jack Nelson &amp; Ray McGovern </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> December 2003 to May 2004 </strong></td> <td> Ongoing research into the pre-war political PR campaign and the media's coverage of it. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> Mar-04 </strong></td> <td> Journalist Charles Cohen begins to profile on my partner Jen Gouvea and me over the next month for a cover story in the Baltimore City Paper. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 3/24/04 </strong></td> <td> Conducted pre-production interviews with Pamela Hess and Jonathan Landay </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> Apr-04 </strong></td> <td> Jennifer Gouvea and I moved from Baltimore to Maine </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> May 16th, 2004 </strong></td> <td> Pre-production interview with Amy Goodman in Bar Harbor, ME </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> Jun-04 </strong></td> <td> Began making preliminary contacts for coordinating interviews in New York City and Washington DC. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> June 16th, 2004 </strong></td> <td> Baltimore City Paper published the cover story, <a href="http://www.citypaper.com/news/story.asp?id=7807">"Caught On Tape: Filmmaker Kent Bye Says the Media is Partially Responsible for the Iraq War--and He Has the Footage to Prove it"</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> June 18-19, 2004 </strong></td> <td> Pre-production interviews with four activists at a Peace Conference in Orono, ME </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> Late June 2004 </strong></td> <td> Final logistical preparations for the 5-week shooting production. The dates for most of the interviews were pre-scheduled for five-day shoot in New York with the final times being set on arrival into the city. The 4-week shoot in Washington D.C. had preliminary commitments or with the week of availability, but the majority of the final scheduling and interview solicitation would happen throughout the actual production. </td> </tr> </table> </p></blockquote> <blockquote><table border="1" cellpadding="7"> <tr> <td><strong>DATE</strong></td> <td><strong> PRODUCTION </strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 6-28-04 to 7-2-04 </strong></td> <td> Conducted 11 interviews in New York City over 5 days. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 7-8-04 to 8-3-04 </strong></td> <td> Conducted 25 interviews in and around Washington D.C over 27 days. A total of 44 interviews have been conducted up to this point with over 40 hours of interview footage. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 8/7/04 </strong></td> <td> After an insanely intense 5-week production schedule, Jennifer Gouvea and I got married. </td> </tr> </table> </p></blockquote> <blockquote><table border="1" cellpadding="7"> <tr> <td><strong>DATE</strong></td> <td><strong>POST-PRODUCTION </strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 8/26/04 </strong></td> <td> <a href="http://web.archive.org/web/20041013064556/www.echochamberproject.com/">EchoChamberProject.com is launched</a> in order to increase the online presence of the project and to ultimately open source the text of the documentary interviews for transparency's sake -- tools for the actual collaborative aspect would come later. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> Sep-04 </strong></td> <td> Developed post-production content and <a href="http://web.archive.org/web/20041013065037/www.echochamberproject.com/research/research.htm">published pre-production research</a> on website -- Brainstormed <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/8">preliminary theories for how open source investigative journalism</a> could work. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 9/21/04 </strong></td> <td> <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/6">Began post-production blog</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> Oct-04 </strong></td> <td> Developed an <a href="http://web.archive.org/web/20041103013319/www.echochamberproject.com/conclusions/1101.htm">initial information architecture to facilitate collaboration</a> based upon <a href="http://web.archive.org/web/20041103022508/www.echochamberproject.com/research/comments.htm">an elaborate comment system</a> using a third-party comment provider of Haloscan. I intended to have people get more involved with doing distributive research on topics down the road, but this system would not have scaled very well. It was confusing and I was going to be the bottle neck for processing and reducing all of the contributed information, I needed something more open and less hierarchical. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> Oct-04 </strong></td> <td> I came up with a <a href="http://web.archive.org/web/20041103014528/http://www.echochamberproject.com/involved/involved.htm">number of tasks to distribute amongst potential volunteers </a> -- I received some volunteers for some of the tasks, but again it later to proved difficult for me to have to coordinate and direct this volunteer action -- I was still on the look-out for a better solution for open source collaboration for journalism and filmmaking </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 10/5/04 </strong></td> <td> <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/7">Bartcop.com put a call out a call for volunteers</a> to help with transcribe interviews and help with the project. The necessary volunteers for 44 interviews are recruited within 24 hours. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> Oct-04 </strong></td> <td> Began loading in interview footage and shipping out interviews to be transcribed throughout the month. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> Mid-October 2004 </strong></td> <td> The crash of my Terrabyte harddrive prevented the loading of further interview footage. Fortunately, I didn't loose the footage I had already captured. <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/32">I mentioned that I needed to back-up my harddrive,</a> but I never explicitly explain why in order to prevent any doubts about the project with potential funders. In hindsight, full transparency would've better explained the delay in getting all of the interviews transcribed. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 10/15/04 </strong></td> <td> <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/23">I secured my first advisor to the project</a> from the film world, Brian Newman. I've known Newman from my film festival travels, and he was very interested in the film's topic and how I planned on experimenting with <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/66">new ways to produce media</a> and <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/66#osnewaudiences">reach new audiences.</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 11/4/04 </strong></td> <td> Bush wins re-election and I take a short break to do some post-production research of sociological media theory in order to find a narrative structure in order to make fit all of the multiple perspectives that I've gathered with over 40 hours of interview footage. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> November to December 2004 </strong></td> <td> I began to sift through some academic articles to gain insights for how to integrate all that I had learned from the 44 perspectives that we interviewed throughout the production. I did a lot of digesting and reflection during this time period using my blog as a personal knowledge management tool. I discovered that there is not very much explicit journalistic theory in the academic world, but that instead it is spread out through other disciplines such as sociology, political science and communications. I found a lot of <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/46">media criticism insight from the field of sociology</a> and <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/62">Ken Wilber's Integral Philosophy</a> was very helpful for finding ways to integrate perspectives across academic disciplines. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> November to January 2004 </strong></td> <td> I <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/54">began searching</a> for potential film producers, more film advisors and potential funders to help shepherd the film through post-production. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> Late November 2004 </strong></td> <td> I began synthesizing various my writings into a more formal business plan. At first, I was <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/58">focusing on the film</a> as my only product. I would start expanding on the second product of "How I collaboratively produce the film" in early 2005. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 12/8/04 </strong></td> <td> Newman informed me that my film project has continued to come up in casual conversations with people from inside the film world as an example of someone who is using technology in innovative ways. He tipped me off to an article called <a href="http://www.dga.org/news/v28_5/craft_maxdist.php3">"Maximizing Distribution"</a> that <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/55">helped me brainstorm</a> how I could use the echochamberproject.com website to start building my audience for the film before it was released. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> Dec-04 </strong></td> <td> Newman suggested that I elaborate more about how exactly I plan on using the Internet to facilitate collaborative production of the film. Up to this point, I had only imagined that it would possible to include a small set of advisors providing feedback and input. I later wrote a more detailed post for <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/66">how I plan on using an open source approach to various aspects of my film.</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 12/29/04 </strong></td> <td> While on vacation in California, we dropped by <a href="http://www.noetic.org">The Institute of Noetic Sciences</a> to interview their president James O'Dea for an additional perspective on human rights and human consciousness. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 1/13/05 </strong></td> <td> <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/65">I secured Dr. Andrew Cline as my first advisor from the academic world</a> -- a Rhetoric scholar, blogger and journalism professor. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> Mid-January 2005 </strong></td> <td> The Sundance Film Festival held a <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/67">panel discussion on Documentaries and Blogs</a>. I <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/69">contacted all of the panelists</a> with <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/124">a press release</a> and realized that the panel was comprised of either pure bloggers or pure filmmakers, but featured no one who was actually doing both yet. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 1/21/05 </strong></td> <td> I listened to a two-day webcast of a <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/71">"Blogging, Journalism &amp; Credibility" Conference</a> that was held by the Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. After the first day of listening, I realized that <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/72">I had been writing about many of the same media issues</a> that were being discussed at the conference. I also realized that I had a lot of ideas for how to make my film project more collaborative that I wanted to share with these conference participants. I could feel that the momentum was building for big changes to happen with journalism, and I wanted to share my insights with them. I learned about podcasting, tagging sites like <a href="http://del.icio.us">del.icio.us and <a href="http://www.technorati.com">Technorati</a> and <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/84">who to watch for the latest citizen journalism developments.</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> Late January to February 2005 </strong></td> <td> I started to really think about what types of analytical techniques could make distributed journalism scalable. I started to come up with <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/86">some promising solutions</a> for how to get more volunteers involved with the project down the road. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> Late January2005 </strong></td> <td> I started to investigate some open source content management systems that could facilitate an online social network -- I ended up choosing <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/79">CivicSpace</a>, which is built on top of Drupal. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> Feb-05 </strong></td> <td> I participated in a two-week Online Social Networking conference where I received feedback and developed a lot of my ideas for decentralized citizen journalism. I received my first real taste with interacting in an online community. I found out what type of communication strategies worked and what didn't -- <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/newmediaecosystem">condensing my thoughts into a graphic</a> seemed to help a lot. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 3/4/05 </strong></td> <td> I was able to have some of my ideas exposed to a closed conference about the future of journalism called "Whose News?" when <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/94">Rebecca MacKinnon posted a link</a> to my <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/newmediaecosystem">New Media Ecosystem flowchart.</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> Mid-March 2005 </strong></td> <td> I attended the <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/98">SXSW Interactive Festival</a> in Austin, TX where I was able to network with <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/103">other activist technologists,</a> <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/99">pitch my project</a> to a lot of the panelists, and receive a lot of feedback. I also learned more about the emerging technologies. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> Apr-05 </strong></td> <td> I applied the insights gained at SXSW in the development in an <a href="/roadmap">11-phase project roadmap</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> Apr-05 </strong></td> <td> I converted a sister site over to Drupal in order to start learning more about it. <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/130">EchoChamberProject.com converted to a Drupal base</a> in early May. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> May-05 </strong></td> <td> Proofread more interview transcribes and worked on the new website in preparation for an upcoming conference on how technology is changing politics. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 5/16/05 </strong></td> <td> Attended Personal Democracy Forum in New York City where I interviewed <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/newmedia13">13 different leaders of the New Media movement</a> about their <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/168">predictions for how technology is going to change politics, culture and the media.</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> 5/17/05 </strong></td> <td> Attended a one-day CivicSpace users summit where I learned more about the upcoming features and was able to network with more developers. </td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong> Late May to Early June 2005 </strong></td> <td> Learned more about how to maintain a Drupal website and debugged a number of errors. </td> </tr> </table> </p></blockquote> http://www.echochamberproject.com/timeline#comment About Collaboration EchoChamberProject Evolution History KentBye Theory Wilber Thu, 09 Jun 2005 18:10:20 -0400 kentbye 227 at http://www.echochamberproject.com The Origins of The Echo Chamber Project http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/226 <p>Dr. Cline asked me to give him some more background information as to the events leading up to why I decided to start <em>The Echo Chamber</em> documentary project for a paper he's working on.</p> <p>I told a lot of this same information to Charles Cohen when he was profiling my wife and I for the <a href="http://www.citypaper.com/news/story.asp?id=7807">cover story on this project</a> that was published in the Baltimore City Paper a year ago. But not all of it made it into the final story, and so I thought I'd share it here as well.</p> <p><strong> At what point did you say to yourself: "I have to do something."</strong><br /> Going back to April 20th, 2002, I had attended one of the first anti-war rallies in DC before the Bush Administration kicked off their PR campaign to sell the Iraq war 4 months later. This is where I heard Phyllis Bennis from the Institute of Policy Studies speak for the first time.</p> <p>After this, I saw Scott Ritter's name come up a number of times online and that's why I went to go hear him talk on August 22nd when he came through Baltimore. Ritter accurately predicted that the Bush Administration was going to go to war in Iraq, and that they were going to use WMD to sell it to the American public.</p> <p>Four days later, I was on vacation when I saw highlights of Cheney launching the PR campaign to sell the war in Iraq. Ritter was so eerily correct in predicting what was going to happen that I started recording C-SPAN when I returned home in September and October of 2002. I had a very strong hunch from Ritter that the Bush Administration was going to sell the war based upon questionable intelligence...<br /> <!--break--><br /> I started reading analyses by Phyllis Bennis of the <a href="http://www.ips-dc.org/comment/Bennis/replytobush.htm">Congressional Authorization</a> and <a href="http://www.ips-dc.org/comment/Bennis/res1441.htm">UN Security Council Resolution 1441</a>. She seemed to also be parsing through the superficial rhetoric and getting down to the true motivations and intentions -- something the US media really failed to do.</p> <p>I originally intended to document the potential lies that were going to be told when I started recording C-SPAN. I then realized that the evening newscasts had better highlights of what the President had said each day.</p> <p>But then the sniper case broke and became the top story by October 7th and dominated all news coverage leading up to the Congressional vote on October 10th &amp; 11th. I really wondered why there wasn't more coverage of a debate about whether or not to authorize a potential war with Iraq.</p> <p>I had also attended 4 out of the 5 major anti-war rallies on the East coast on 9-28-02, 10-26-02, 1-18-03 &amp; 2-15-03. I heard so many dissident perspectives not being covered on the mainstream media.</p> <p>I was also closely monitoring other perspectives from the UN and around the world that was being covered on C-SPAN, but not being included in the mainstream media anywhere else.</p> <p>The thing that really put me over the top were daily shows like COUNTDOWN: IRAQ on MSNBC that were so completely focused on when the war was going to start without any curiosity of asking any skeptical or hard-hitting questions. There were also other documentaries on CNN that were assuming that war was inevitable.</p> <p>When the war started on March 19th, I started recording anywhere from 60-80 hours of media coverage of the war a day until July 2003.</p> <p>After monitoring a lot of the coverage of the war and leading up to it, I decided that most of the failures of the media were in the pre-war time period. I thought that they really failed to cover the full story that was taking place on an international scale.</p> <p>The media were looking through the lens of US domestic politics and totally missed the story because they were not challenging any of the assumptions held within our US political bubble, but that were being challenged at anti-war rallies or within the International news coverage.</p> <p>After the first couple of weeks when the military intervention began, I knew that there was too much information for me to sift through to make a film about that and ultimately decided to focus on the pre-war time period.</p> <p><strong>When did you decide to do the project?</strong><br /> The Echo Chamber documentary project evolved out of the timeline above. It also evolved out from my disgust from how the editors of the television programs were more interested in presenting dynamic pictures of military exercises than they were with reporting on the many inconsistencies between the <a href="/overview">Bush administration's domestic PR strategy and international PR strategy</a> taking place at the UN.</p> <p>The media seemed more concerned about the embedding process and military tactics than they were with doubts coming from rest of the world and the UN about the Bush Administration's evidence.</p> <p>I also found the lack of moral outrage disgusting because in some cases it seemed like the journalists actually wanted the war to happen. I wanted to interview these journalists to find out their side of the story.</p> <p>The documentary aspect of the project covers how the television coverage performed leading up to the war in Iraq. The latter phases of the <a href="/roadmap">project's roadmap</a> deal more with incorporating techniques to harness the potential of grassroots and distributed journalism.</p> <p>It's hard for journalists to make political judgments about facts over time, and I'd really like to try to incorporate more <a href="/node/86">sophisticated intelligence analysis techniques</a> to the field of journalism.</p> <p>I believe that this pre-war time period is ripe with political deception that is just now starting to break through the mainstream consciousness. The many individual inconsistencies are too subtle to make journalistic conclusions on them alone because there is no one document or one source who is saying that the Bush Administration was using the UN as a pretext for war.</p> <p>The Downing Street Memo is the most concrete evidence of this, but the US press can't report on it without aggregating sets of facts over time. The emergent meaning of many facts that scientists call theories is what journalists have difficulty in reporting. They may intuitively know the true story and be extremely candid in interviews for a documentary, but they don't connect these types of dots in their day-to-day coverage.</p> <p>The scope of <a href="/roadmap">The Echo Chamber Project's Roadmap</a> is too large for just one journalist or even on news organization -- but it is certainly possible with the appropriate tools and analytical methods that can harness the volunteer labor coming from across the world through the Internet.</p> <p>If there is enough momentum through the first couple of phases of post-production on <em>The Echo Chamber</em>, then I'd love to explore some of the ways that I propose for accomplishing the democratization of media </p> http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/226#comment About EchoChamberProject History KentBye Political Transparency Thu, 09 Jun 2005 14:16:24 -0400 kentbye 226 at http://www.echochamberproject.com Interviewed by Personal Democracy Forum Podcast http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/152 <p>I pitched my project to Brian Reich, the <a href="http://www.personaldemocracy.com/conference/podcasts">official Personal Democracy Forum podcaster</a>, and we sat down for a quick 11-minute chat about the state of the Press and how I plan on applying emerging new media trends to the production of <em>The Echo Chamber</em> documentary.</p> <p>They're technically unsyndicated MP3s as opposed to RSS-embedded podcasts, but here are links to the interview &amp; MP3 files:</p> <dl> <dd><a href="http://www.personaldemocracy.com/node/610">http://www.personaldemocracy.com/node/610</a><br /> <a href="http://www.personaldemocracy.com/files/Kent%20Bye.mp3">Kent Bye.mp3</a> (10.29 MB)<br /> <a href="http://www.personaldemocracy.com/files/Kent%20Bye.m3u">Kent Bye.mp3</a> (streaming)</dl> <p>In listening to this interview again, I realized that I should've emphasized a number of points that I didn't make all that clear:</p> <dl> <dd>1.) The new media ecosystem is still emerging -- but it will probably include Traditional Journalistic Institutions <strong>AND</strong> Blogging, Podcasting, Video Blogs, Wikis and other emerging citizen journalism technologies. I don't think it's an EITHER / OR equation.<br /> 2.) A holisitic approach to the question of media must take into consideration the Political System (supply-side of "news"), the cultural market (demand-side of news) as well as press institutions that also generate and filter the news.<br /> 3.) Economics dominate both the press and political institutions.</dl> <p>I was able to make a lot of good points, but I didn't really have a PR strategy walking into the interview -- I just sort of went with the flow.</p> <p>Reich asked some of the most specific questions I've had in a live interview, and I didn't feel like I had my complete answer mapped out before I started speaking -- I guess this is probably normal. I'm still gettting used to being on the answering side of these types of questions. </p> <p>As a documentary filmmaker, I actually prefer to edit together what other people say about the media since they have more credibility and say it much better than I can.</p> <p>Speaking of <a href="http://2005.sxsw.com/coverage/?PHPSESSID=2bbf9b24a50fec480e21175396ecdff7">Conference Interviews</a>, I also got some exposure at SXSW when I dialogued with the <a href="http://www.co-intelligence.org/">Co-Intelligence Institute's</a> Tom Atlee about emerging new media trends and how that can be applied to deliberative democracy. </p> <p>Unfortunately, SXSW titled the talk "The Tao of Democracy" which is the name of Tom's book and only half of our discussion. We talked for about 25 minutes and they edited it down -- I haven't actually watched it yet due to QT issues that will be resolved as soon as I upgrade to 10.4.</p> <p>Here are the links:</p> <dl> <dd><a href="http://2005.sxsw.com/coveraghttp://2005.sxsw.com/coverage/?PHPSESSID=2bbf9b24a50fec480e21175396ecdff7#top">HIGH Quicktime</a><br /> <a href="http://server1.sxsw.com/sxsw2/2005_coverage/sx_atlee.lo.mp4">LOW MPEG-4 Download </a></dl> http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/152#comment EchoChamberProject Journalism KentBye Podcast PR Thu, 19 May 2005 15:10:04 -0400 kentbye 152 at http://www.echochamberproject.com Blog Philosophy -- Roadblocks of Overintellectualizing http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/132 <p>I went through my first big blogging dryspell throughout the month of April. I have been writing all of these really long and intellectually dense blog entries in the name of planning out the theories for a new paradigm of journalism. </p> <p>The lesson? People want to see a proof of concept -- Theory is too abstract and -- well, theoretical. I've had a ton of people say to me, "You know, I try to read you blog, but it's just too confusing. I don't know what you're talking about." </p> <p>I would usually discard these criticisms by saying, "Well, I'm trying to reach a specialized audience of the movers and shakers of the New Media movement." And then when I actually got to talk face-to-face with a lot of these technologists at SXSW I realized that they understand me when I talk to them face-to-face, but that they still aren't gleaning some of the major ideas from my writing.</p> <p>The solution? Well, I'm going to try to writing more conversationally for a little bit. Just do more brain dumps on the fly instead of trying to polish these long essays that take forever to proofread and post.</p> <p>I've also thought about recording my phone conversations with people and posting them as podcasts. The bottleneck here was setting up Skype -- the free VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) -- in other words, free long distance phone calls by using your computer.</p> <p>I've checked out some Skypecasts, and they sound a lot better than a phone connection if people on both ends are using Skype. I've also seen that I'm going to need an offline digital recorder. I may have to break down and get an iPod to facilitate this.</p> <p>But when I get back to Maine on May 19th, I'll be able to upgrade to Mac OS 10.4. I've isolated myself to 10.1.4 and ran into program after program that isn't really supported. Quicktime MPEG-4, Skype, Firefox, etc., etc. </p> <p>I've also been eyeing freeware screencast solutions -- this will allow me to give Powerpoint-like presentations to communicate. </p> <p>Bloggers LOVE to link to great visuals and great presentations. The human voice is the most powerful communications medium. I also want to do more Podcasts.</p> http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/132#comment Blog Communications EchoChamberProject Podcast PR Skype Website Tue, 10 May 2005 08:57:31 -0400 kentbye 132 at http://www.echochamberproject.com Networking at SXSW Interactive http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/101 <p>I was able to get the word out about The Echo Chamber to a lot of people who have "social capital" in the blogosphere. My primary audience was the panelist participants, but I also found myself in many engaging conversations with people in the hallways and parties. </p> <p>I was able to met a lot of great people out at SxSW, and I'm still digesting all of the different panels and post-conference Activist Technology discussion that I was invited to attend. It was a day-long gathering of activist digerati designed to build community and bridge the gap between Activists and Technologists. </p> <p>I took a ton of written notes throughout the week, and I am trying to figure out the most efficient and quickest way to manage this knowledge for myself -- as well as disseminate it if possible. I'm hoping to go over my notes, make some audio recordings, and then some do some blog posts about it.</p> <p>I usually sat near the front row of the sessions and asked some pretty specific and detailed questions to the panelists.</p> <p>My main action item now is to make list of intentions and desires to send out to the universe. </p> <p>I need to make a snappy screencast where I explain my <a href="/newmediaecosystem">New Media Ecosystem.</a> I took this busy flowchart to the conference and explained it to a lot of people in the hallways and parties, and I think that most people got the essence of it when I was able to talk to them face-to-face. But I need to overcome the limitations of text and long blog posts for conveying complex meaning. The spoken word holds people's attention so much more effectively than my writing.</p> <p>There are a number of people who offered to link to my project, but there isn't really a good place on my site that gives a snappy and engaging overview just yet. I intend to expand my multimedia toolset by doing some podcasts, screencasts and more graphics and flowcharts.</p> <p>It'll help give the project some attention while I'm still on the radar screen of the SxSW Interactive Conference participants.</p> <p>[Tag: <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/sxsw" rel="tag">sxsw</a>]</p> http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/101#comment Communications Conference EchoChamberProject Ecosystem KentBye New Media PR Fri, 18 Mar 2005 18:08:07 -0500 kentbye 101 at http://www.echochamberproject.com Pitching The Echo Chamber at SxSW http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/99 <p>I must have pitched <em>The Echo Chamber</em> Project over 50 times over the last week at the SxSW Interactive Conference. I learned something new each time that I talked to someone about it because either new questions were asked or I adapted how I was speaking based upon the verbal and non-verbal feedback that I was receiving from them.</p> <p>It is <strong>A LOT</strong> easier to pitch my project to people face-to-face, and by the end of the week I was able to convey the scope and relevance of my project relatively quickly and to many different people. </p> <p>Here's the latest version of my pitch, and I'm sure that it'll continue to evolve over time:</p> <blockquote><p>I'm doing a open source documentary on the failures of the mainstream media, and how I'm producing the film will hopefully help fix these problems. </p> <p>I'm using five months of television news footage to show how they became an Echo Chamber to the Countdown towards war in Iraq. </p> <p>I'll be using an online social network to collaboratively edit the project by open sourcing the text of the 45 interviews that we conducted with journalists, think tank scholars, media critics, journalism professors and other experts. I'm also using more sophisticated analytical techniques that are able to pool the collective intelligence of our society by combining the principles of the scientific method and postmodern subjectivity.</p></blockquote> <p>Whew... I think it still needs some work, but this is roughly what people heard if they talked to me in the last couple of days. It's designed to make the subject ask more questions rather than explain everything -- and it seems as though that this pitch did a good job of hooking people in and starting conversations that lasted up to an hour.</p> <p>[Tag: <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/sxsw" rel="tag">sxsw</a>]</p> http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/99#comment Collaboration Communications Conference EchoChamberProject Ecosystem KentBye New Media PR Fri, 18 Mar 2005 17:56:55 -0500 kentbye 99 at http://www.echochamberproject.com Hitting the Radar Screen of the New Media Movement http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/94 <p>The Echo Chamber Project has hit the radar screens of some of the leaders of the New Media movement. Rebecca MacKinnon <a href="http://rconversation.blogs.com/rconversation/2005/03/kent_byes_inter.html">posted a link</a> to my New Media Ecosystem and Dave Weinberger <a href="http://www.hyperorg.com/blogger/mtarchive/003753.html">picks it up.</a></p> <p>Here's an e-mail that I just sent to Rebecca.</p> <dl> <dd>Thanks Rebecca.</p> <p>I orginally wanted to get my ideas to the people at this conference through you speaking to them, but I know that it'll get to them through these two blog posts. </p> <p>Not only that, but these blog posts will trickle down to everyone else who is concerned about New Media issues. </p> <p>It'll trickle down the blogospheric foodchain and the ball will get rolling with more Drupal developers and other help from citizens to help start putting these theories into practice.</p> <p>It doesn't really matter now if you tell the conference participants my ideas or not -- The ideas are out there now with a permanent URL and you've passed a fraction of your credibility off to The Echo Chamber.</p> <p>The new commodity of the future is trust and credibility, and you've done more for me and my open source documentary with your blog post than you could have done by simply passing along my comment to these conference participants -- or if I would have been at the conference to pitch my ideas face-to-face.</p> <p>Your voucher of trust will bring more people to my collaborative project than any advocacy pitch that I could've ever made myself. </p> <p>I've gained enough trust in you, a lot of other people trust you, and people will come to me to see if my ideas are interesting or not. If they're not, then you lose trust. If they are, then you gain trust. The blogosphere is based upon symbiotic relationships.</p> <p>Decentralization is about grassroots and change coming from the bottom-up. This gathering of institutional authorities on the media aren't going to find the answers because they're still mostly trapped in the limited paradigms of centralization, He Said / She Said objectivity, inverted pyramid style reporting, quantitative reductionism, and linear and narrative-style news reporting.</p> <p>Decentralization, a multitude of voices, stories preferenced on strongest predictive theories of reality and not official sources, a balance of quantitative and qualitiative methods of inquiry, and the integration of non-linear communications capacities of the Internet as a means for increasing the working memory of journalists and analysts who will always be presenting narrative news stories to the masses.</p> http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/94#comment Conference Decentralization EchoChamberProject Ecosystem New Media PR Fri, 04 Mar 2005 15:47:57 -0500 kentbye 94 at http://www.echochamberproject.com Discussion with Transparent Journalist David Berlind http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/87 <p>This <a href="http://www.hyperorg.com/blogger/mtarchive/003605.html">David Weinberger post</a> directed me to ZDNet's executive editor David <a href="http://radio.weblogs.com/0143327/">Berlind's Media Transparency Channel.</a> </p> <p>Berlind is attempting make the process of journalism more transparent by posting the complete audio of his interviews. A few weeks ago, <a href="/node/71">I e-mailed Berlind</a> a <a href="/node/124">blog press release</a> containing details of this open source documentary project. He responded to my e-mail this weekend, and I replied with a short e-mail pitch and suggested that he give me a call so that we can talk more about <em>The Echo Chamber.</em> He just called and we talked for about 90 minutes about challenges of transparency and the future of journalism.</p> <p>Berlind's motivation for transparency is for his own credibility as a journalist -- one of the most precious commodities of the future that helps preserve his <a href="http://radio.weblogs.com/0143327/2005/02/03.html#a31">"eyeball minutes"</a> of attention. </p> <p>My interest in transparency stems from implementing a more <a href="/node/86#scientificmethod">comprehensive analytical philosophy</a> that allows journalists and independent filmmakers to do a better job of deception detection. The current "He Said / She Said" objectivity standard does a <a href="/node/86#breaksdown">very poor job</a> of debunking partisan deception -- especially if both sides are guilty of deceiving.</p> <p>Berlind passed along a lot of great insights and names of people who have contacted him because of his <a href="http://radio.weblogs.com/0143327/">media transparency project.</a> He hopes to organize a "transparency think tank" between all of the people who are working on this issue, and I volunteered to be a part of whatever comes of his idea.</p> <p>Berlind is trying to implement principles of transparency and discovering the difficulties and time requirements. He is developing some tools to deal with this issue, but these tools aren't to the point where I can start using them for what I'm doing.</p> <p>As <a href="/node/73">I've mentioned before,</a> I'm not sure how much of these transparency principles I'll have time to implement throughout the process of creating this documentary. My focus is going to be on creating an ecosystem and <a href="/node/86#collaboration">methodology for organizing a decentralized volunteer labor force</a>, creating a productive and emotionally engaging community experience, and ultimately producing and distributing a 90-minute documentary film. </p> <p>I will continue to disclose any conflicts of interest, write about my thoughts on politically contentious topics relevant to this project (such as <a href="/node/83">my views on the Iraq war and elections</a>) as well as any other subjective judgments that have to be made through the process of editing my documentary. </p> <p><em>The Echo Chamber</em> is on Berlind's radar screen now, and I am going to continue reaching out to leaders of the New Media movement.</p> http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/87#comment Credibility EchoChamberProject Journalism New Media PR Theory Transparency Mon, 07 Feb 2005 18:11:10 -0500 kentbye 87 at http://www.echochamberproject.com Citizen Journalism at PRWatch http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/85 <p><a href="http://www.prwatch.org">PRWatch.org</a> is starting to do some more collaborative journalism, such as <a href="http://www.prwatch.org/forum/showthread.php?t=5319&amp;page=1&amp;pp=15">this discovery of photoshopped propaganda</a> found by a volunteer citizen journalist in Spain. </p> <p><a href="http://www.prwatch.org/forum/showthread.php?t=5319&amp;page=1&amp;pp=15">This pro-Liberation photo</a> is of a US soldier holding an Iraqi child with the added caption of "She's glad he's there. Are you?" This citizen journalist finds another version of the same scene that has a caption that says that the girl is actually a boy, and that his mother had just killed by crossfire. </p> <p>The creator of the photo says that <a href="http://weblog.sinteur.com/index.php?p=8922#comment-2848">she didn't know the back story of the photo</a> -- which is exactly why it is propaganda. There is no way she could have known that this child is happy that this US soldier is in Iraq, but she wrote the caption anyway.</p> <p>[NOTE: The citizen journalist doesn't link to a primary source document {of the photo caption (i.e. links to <a href="http://www.cowgirlfunk.com/goodkeepsus.htm">CowGirlFunk.com</a> instead of Hayne Palmour/North County Times) <b>UPDATED 2-7-04</b>} so it's unclear if this is the real caption, whether it's really a boy or a girl or whether the soldier is in the marines or the navy. It is clear that the photo attributes happiness to the child without any evidence to back it up.]<br /> [<b>UPDATE 2-9-04</b>: The PRWatch citizen journalist ElGringo does some more verification in the <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/mt/mt-comments.cgi?entry_id=92">comments section below</a> by tracking down the <a href="http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2003/03/30/export6939.txt">original caption at the North County Times</a> as well as <a href="http://www.pulitzer.org/year/2004/feature-photography">further confirmation</a> of the photographer and situation: "Damir Sagolj of Reuters for his unforgettable picture of a burly American medic in Iraq cuddling a child whose mother had just been killed in a crossfire." I understand that time constraints may make this degree verification difficult in the context of a forum, but it is a necessary degree of verification.]</p> <p>Sheldon Rampton, one of the editors of PRWatch, posed the <a href="http://www.prwatch.org/forum/showpost.php?p=12537&amp;postcount=44">following comment in response to the discovery of photoshopped propaganda:</a></p> <dl> <dd>You guys are incredible! I wish I had your research skills. This is an example of something I'd really like to expand at PR Watch -- the use of "distributed journalism" that empowers visitors to our site to do original investigative research and to publish it. Any thoughts on things we can be doing to help that happen?</dl> <p>I'm finishing up a long blog essay outlining my ideas for how to integrate an analytical framework developed by the Central Intelligence Agency that will allow for decentralized journalistic collaboration. I plan on posting it soon.</p> <p>The other day, someone named Grant left <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/mt/mt-comments.cgi?entry_id=81">a comment</a> on my entry about the <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/blog/archives/000081.html">limitations of Wikipeida's NPOV Policy.</a> He mentioned PRWatch in his comments, and how they are running on CivicSpace. I had actually been researching CivicSpace, and I am in the process of converting Echo Chamber Project over to this same platform.</p> <p>I am assuming that this is the same Grant who just put the following plug for my documentary over at the <a href="http://www.prwatch.org/forum/showthread.php?t=5319&amp;page=4&amp;pp=15">PR Watch forums</a>:</p> <dl> <dd><a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/index.html">This project</a>, in which a filmmaker is using distributed research methods to make a documentary on the media role in the war, looks promising. The project's "benevolent dictator" has broken everything out into logical chunks with specific goals and deadlines and recruits volunteers for very specific tasks. It doesn't appear like he has a herd of people rushing to volunteer yet, but I like the concept.</dl> <p>I'm still converting to CivicSpace which will provide the social networking software that it'll make it possible to put the volunteers I have recruited to work. As well as recruit more volunteers. It is too logistically difficult and time consuming for me to individually assign tasks in a top-down hierachical manner -- It'll be much better when I am able to just post my needs in a blog posting and then have the ecosystem of citizen journalists work out the details and get stuff done.</p> <p>Converting over to CivicSpace also means that a lot of my URLs are going to be changing. I'll be able to promote the project a lot more as soon as all of the URLs are locked in.</p> <p>Grant mentions this project again in his response:</p> <dl> <dd><b>Education:</b> One of the things I like about the Echo Chamber project mentioned above is that it affords an opportunity to learn as the information is gathered - about both the media and the process of researching and producing a documentary. It would be nice if basic information about PR practices and misinformation techniques could be referenced as the research progresses, helping improve the volunteers' research skills as well as their understanding of the media.</dl> <p>I do hope that this project can help train a wave of citizen journalists -- and learn about independent documentary production at the same time. I am hoping that I will be able to create a self-sustaining learning community where academic advisors and volunteers can help teach each other about the psychological aspects of persuasion techniques as well as their understanding of the media.</p> http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/85#comment Blog CivicSpace Decentralization EchoChamberProject Journalism New Media PR Website Wiki Fri, 04 Feb 2005 17:29:24 -0500 kentbye 85 at http://www.echochamberproject.com Using Blogs to Supplement a Direct Marketing Campaign http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/70 <p>I've been conducting an experiment over the last week to test how blogging can supplement a mini-marketing blitz directed at a specialized target audience. </p> <p>Within 4 working days, I was able to contact the moderator of a <a href="/node/67">Sundance Docs &amp; Blogs panel discussion</a>, contact and receive a response from <a href="/node/70">all of the panelists</a>, and receive an e-mail response from the <a href="http://blogs.indiewire.com/eug/">editor-in-chief of indieWIRE</a> who had <a href="http://blogs.indiewire.com/eug/archives/002625.html">just commented on his blog</a> that "there is so much going on that the competition for attention is fierce."</p> <p>Below are some more reflections and insights over the following experiment:</p> <blockquote><p><strong>Known:</strong> A Sundance panel on <a href="/node/67">Docs, Blogs &amp; The Changing Politics of America"</a> takes place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 22, 2004.<br /> <strong>Given:</strong> The name of the panel moderator is Andy Bowers from NPR and Slate.com<br /> <strong>Find:</strong> Get the names of all of the panelists, and then gather evidence to show that the combination of <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/blog/">blogging</a>, calling people up and e-mailing <a href="/node/124">unsolicited blog press releases</a> could be a successful direct marketing technique.</p></blockquote> <p>Over the last week, I've been able to talk to 5 out of the 7 panelists who are going to be speaking on the Sundance panel -- and I received e-mail responses from the other two.</p> <p>I primarily used the basic journalistic tool of a telephone, but the blogging medium also <a href="/node/68">helped me reflect</a> on why my first attempts were ignored so that I could improve my tactics and ultimately succeed in contacting all of the panelists.</p> <p>I was able to contact the panel moderator last Friday and give him a quick pitch of the project, but my follow-up e-mail response only included <a href="/node/66">a number of links to blog entries</a> without any larger context to who I am or what I am doing.</p> <p>I am able to keep tabs on the <a href="http://www.sitemeter.com/default.asp?action=stats&amp;site=s12echochamber&amp;report=11">referring links</a> of visitors to my website, and so I could tell that the panel moderator probably had not clicked through to <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com">EchoChamberProject.com.</a></p> <p>I e-mailed him a reminder to pass along a list of the other panelists three days later, but he still didn't respond to my message. </p> <p>His lack of response was holding up the goal of contacting all of the panelists -- I couldn't contact anyone if I didn't know who they were.</p> <p>I tried sending out some messages to other bloggers hoping to get a mention for additional some leverage -- But no one else responded to my messages either. </p> <p>I came across an Atrios post called <a href="http://atrios.blogspot.com/2005_01_16_atrios_archive.html#110588990489118596">"You Link It, You Own It"</a> which made me realize that no one is going to listen to me or take me seriously because I don't have any established institutional credibility. The <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/blog/">Echo Chamber Project blog</a> isn't on anyone's radar screen yet because I haven't done any mass marketing and I haven't climbed up any of the food chain rungs of the blogospheric ladder.</p> <p>How does a blogger handle the fact that he doesn't have any established credibility? Write a blog post on the <a href="/node/68">four steps required to establish institutional credibility</a>, and then honestly assess it's evolutionary progress.</p> <p>Then write a <a href="/node/124">blog press release</a> that incorporates the following aspects:</p> <blockquote><p>* A wire service news writing style -- as if an objective-fact based reporter had written it.<br /> * A lot of hypertext links to any relevant supplementary blog posts that support fact-based assertions.<br /> * An honest assessment of established institutional credibility.<br /> * The steps required to achieve larger credibility. </p></blockquote> <p>I wrote a <a href="/node/124">press release that included all of these aspects</a> and e-mailed it to the panel moderator. He responded this time and passed along a list of names.</p> <p>From this point, it was a matter of Googling down contact information so that I could make phone calls and e-mail unsolicited press releases. After two full days, I was able to contact and hear back from <a href="/node/70">all of the panelists</a> that included 4 documentary filmmakers, 1 blogger, 1 political action committee representative and 1 journalist.</p> <p>As I was contacting everyone, I wrote a blog entry that included the <a href="/node/70">names of the Sundance panelists</a> -- the first time it was published anywhere on the Internet. </p> <p>I also gave my initial impression of the panel with some of the perspective of some of the panelists, and I responded to some of the points likely to come up by mentioning how <em>The Echo Chamber</em> documentary plans on addressing the issue of partisan polarization and how the combination of investigative documentary filmmaking with collaborative open source journalism could potentially change the "fundamental dynamics of media and politics."</p> <p>I sent this follow-up blog posting to all of the panelists and to Eugene Hernandez, editor-in-chief of indieWIRE, with an e-mail subject of "Blogger reports on List of Sundance Docs &amp; Blogs Panelists."</p> <p>Hernandez had just <a href="http://blogs.indiewire.com/eug/archives/002625.html">written on his blog,</a> "Some publicists are madly hyping new films, innundating writers with pitches and talking up their projects hoping to book interviews before we have even had a chance to see the actual movies."</p> <p>Obviously Hernandez was swamped with e-mails from hundreds of other people vying for his attention, and he read my e-mail and actually took the time to respond.</p> <p>The panel moderator also responded to me and said that <em>The Echo Chamber</em> would likely come up at some point during the Sundance panel -- There could potentially be a lot of journalists, film industry people and other filmmakers who hear about this project for the first time.</p> <p>But even if none of the panelists mention <em>The Echo Chamber</em> or how I'm integrating the filmmaking and Internet mediums, then I was still able to demonstrate how a little persistence and technological ingenuity can propel a targeted communications strategy above all of the other noise.</p> http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/70#comment Blog Communications Credibility EchoChamberProject Film PR Sundance Thu, 20 Jan 2005 15:42:56 -0500 kentbye 70 at http://www.echochamberproject.com New Advisor -- Dr. Andrew R. Cline http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/65 <p><em>The Echo Chamber</em> Project has secured its first advisor from the Academic world. </p> <p><a href="http://mjf.smsu.edu/faculty/cline/">Dr. Andrew R. Cline</a> is an assistant professor of journalism at Southwest Missouri State University and a specialist in rhetorical analysis and web-based journalism. </p> <p>Cline has agreed to provide his journalistic and rhetorical insights throughout the post-production process of <em>The Echo Chamber</em> documentary. Specifically, he will provide comments on <em>The Echo Chamber</em> <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/interviews">interview transcripts</a> and give feedback throughout the treatment, scripting, and editing phases of this independent film.</p> <p>Adhering to the transparency principles of Open-Source Content Development, Cline has agreed to make all of his comments and feedback on-the-record. These will be available either through his own <a href="http://rhetorica.net/"> Rhetorica: Press-Politics Journal</a> blog or through specific e-mail excerpts that will be published on <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/blog/">Echo Chamber Project's Blog.</a></p> <p>Cline's <a href="http://rhetorica.net/">Rhetorica Network</a> "offers analysis and commentary about the rhetoric, propaganda, and spin of journalism and politics, including analysis of presidential speeches and election campaigns."</p> <p><em>The Echo Chamber</em> is a documentary that analyzes the pre-war failings of the broadcast television news media, and will attempt to integrate the communication mediums of the Internet with Documentary Filmmaking throughout the post-production process.</p> <p>Appropriately, Cline teaches in the <a href="http://mjf.smsu.edu/">Media, Journalism, &amp; Film Department</a> at SMSU's School of Communications Studies, and brings an impressive set of qualifications to help guide and shape this project. </p> <p>Cline is a member of the following organizations: <a href="http://rhetoricsociety.org/">Rhetoric Society of America</a>, <a href=" http://www.aejmc.org/">Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication</a>, <a href="http://www.spj.org/">Society of Professional Journalists</a>, and <a href="http://www.apsanet.org/">American Political Science Association.</a></p> <p><em>The Echo Chamber</em> director Kent Bye serendipitously discovered Dr. Cline's <a href="http://rhetorica.net/">Rhetorica blog</a> while performing a <a href="http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&amp;ie=ISO-8859-1&amp;q=journalistic+field+theory">Google search</a> on Journalistic Field Theory. </p> <p>Bye then researched Cline's pre-war commentary on the press was impressed with the quality of his media criticism, non-partisan political analysis and academic insights into the field of rhetorical analysis. Bye contacted Cline a month ago to become an advisor to <em>The Echo Chamber,</em> and today received confirmation on Cline's level of participation.</p> <p>Bye says, "I'm really excited about the possibilities of combining the power of the blogosphere with investigative documentary filmmaking and the principles of open source content development to create a new journalistic paradigm. This new type of <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/62">"Integral Journalism"</a> should be able create new opportunities for <a href="http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/64">how an audience can create meaning.</a> The active participation of Dr. Andrew R. Cline is the first step towards building a support network of advisors who will be able to provide their academic expertise and professional insights to the world throughout this post-production process."</p> <p>Currently, Bye is recruiting more post-production advisors and a full-time producer. He tentatively plans on completing <em>The Echo Chamber</em> documentary sometime between the Fall of 2005 and Spring of 2006. </p> <p>For More Information, Contact Kent Bye at 207-223-5566<br /> Or sign up to the Mailing List to keep informed and get involved.</p> <p><i>Update:</i> Dr. Cline has posted this press release on <a href="http://Rhetorica.net">Rhetorica.net</a> both <a href="http://rhetorica.net/archives/003025.html">here</a> and <a href="http://www.rhetorica.net/pr/rel_130105.htm">here.</a> </p> <p>After I finish this post on "Integrating Film, Internet, Blogs &amp; Open Source," then I'm going to send it out to a few other people.</p> http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/65#comment Advisor EchoChamberProject Journalism Open Source Status Transparency Thu, 13 Jan 2005 16:54:42 -0500 kentbye 65 at http://www.echochamberproject.com Back from the Holidays http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/59 <p>I have returned from my three-week holiday hiatus and travel to Indianapolis (family) and San Francisco (friends). I'm starting to reply to e-mails and get back into full gear.</p> <p>I had a number of meetings of the break to receive feedback on my business plan, and one of the items on the To Do List is to try to integrate all of the feedback into the next version of the business plan.</p> <p>Another priority on the list is to continue searching for a producer and other advisors for the project.</p> <p>I had a chance to read through some of the 25 completed transcripts that I have received, and I've started brainstorming how to piece everything together. Another upcoming challenge is to condense the essence of the project into a four to five-minute trailer.</p> <p>I'm also making a long-term and short-term schedule, and continue to plug away at all that needs to get done.</p> http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/59#comment EchoChamberProject Status ToDo Mon, 10 Jan 2005 18:59:21 -0500 kentbye 59 at http://www.echochamberproject.com Building Foundations http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/54 <p>I have been contacting potential advisors and producers over the last couple of days in order to get a strong foundation for the post-production and distribution phases. Having a strong and experienced team around the project makes a huge difference in the final product. It will also open a lot of doors down the road.</p> <p>I have been talking to professors in the sociological academic community who are interested in the project as well as some independent film producers that I’ve met in <a href="//www.kentbye.com/index_fest.htm">my film festival travels.</a></p> <p>The producers want to see a trailer (anywhere from 4 to 10 minutes) -- I have been receiving more and more <a href="/interviews">interview transcripts</a> back from my volunteers which will help me parse down the 38+hours of material into a coherent summary of what the project will entail. So far I’ve been able to post 5 out of the 18 that I have received back. I hope to proofread and post more transcripts soon.</p> http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/54#comment Advisor EchoChamberProject Fundraising Status Website Tue, 07 Dec 2004 20:30:04 -0500 kentbye 54 at http://www.echochamberproject.com Status Update http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/51 <p>I’m starting to integrate some of the feedback given to me on my business plan (Thanks Bill!)</p> <p>I plan on contacting a number of friends within the filmmaking community to put out a call for some producing help.</p> <p>I also have another transcript to post this morning.</p> http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/51#comment EchoChamberProject Status Website Fri, 03 Dec 2004 14:25:13 -0500 kentbye 51 at http://www.echochamberproject.com Data Back-Up http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/32 <p>An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.</p> <p>Therefore, I will be backing up all of my data to DVDs over the next couple of weeks. I am waiting for the blank DVD+R's to come in the mail.</p> <p>The footage takes a while to load in, and it would be a lot of lost time if something happened to my hardware and I had to load everything in again.</p> <p>In the meantime, I am going to be doing some outreach to potential funders and tuning up my business plan.</p> <p>I will also be eagerly awaiting the completion of 23 outstanding transcripts. I have 7 more interviews ready to ship out -- 4 of which will go out tomorrow and the other 3 will be sent out as soon as I receive the NDA and address.</p> <p>There are 13 remaining interviews to be loaded in and audio extracted to CD. I hope to get to these last interviews after I take care of these things above.</p> http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/32#comment EchoChamberProject Status Mon, 01 Nov 2004 14:12:26 -0500 kentbye 32 at http://www.echochamberproject.com Transcription Update http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/25 <p>Attention all transcribers,<br /> A volunteer transcriber passed along the draft of the non-disclosure agreement to one of her laywer colleagues to look over.</p> <p>As soon as I get that back, I'll send it out and have you send it back to me.</p> <p>I am also trying to do a little fundraising to reach my goal of raising $4000 by December 15th. </p> <p>I have also secured a couple of advisors for the project and I'm working on a few more.</p> <p>I have loaded 14 interviews into the computer and I have sent out two interviews to some friends who I trust won't publish the audio. They should begin transcribing the Bill Plante and Lawrence Grossman interviews soon.</p> http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/25#comment EchoChamberProject Status Fri, 15 Oct 2004 15:14:42 -0400 kentbye 25 at http://www.echochamberproject.com Project Advisor: Brian Newman http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/23 <p>Today I secured my first advisor for the film. </p> <p>Brian Newman is going to help guide the project through the post-production phases. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the project, and I'm very excited to have him involved.</p> <p>This Brian's bio taken from the website of his <a href="http://www.nvr.org">current employeer:</a></p> <dl> <dd>Brian Newman was recently named executive director of National Video Resources, and is responsible for oversight and strategic direction of all NVR programming, development and operations. Prior to joining NVR, he served as executive director of IMAGE Film &amp; Video Center, producers of the Atlanta Film Festival, and as market coordinator for the Independent Feature Project in New York City. Mr. Newman also served as assistant coordinator of Media Arts for the South Carolina Arts Commission, managing the Southern Circuit film tour. He brings expertise in audience building, marketing and community outreach. </dl> <p>Welcome aboard Brian!</p> http://www.echochamberproject.com/node/23#comment Advisor EchoChamberProject Film Status Thu, 14 Oct 2004 20:37:56 -0400 kentbye 23 at http://www.echochamberproject.com