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Conducted 13 Interviews at Personal Democracy Forum

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In the spirit of "Personal Democracy," I created my own virtual conference at the Personal Democracy Forum 2005. After attending the opening talk and two morning break-out sessions, I pulled aside the following 13 conference speakers and interviewed them about emerging new media trends:

UPDATE 2/8/06: Click on the names below to listen to the interview -- or use this Interview Audio feed to download all of the interviews.

Markos Moulitsas
Markos Moulitsas DailyKos
Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis
Hugh Hewitt
Hugh Hewitt
Dan Gillmor
Dan Gillmor Grassroots Media Inc. Author of We the Media

UPDATE: Center for Citizen Media

Chris Nolan
Chris Nolan

Halley Suitt
Halley Suitt Halley's Comment Blog
Rebecca MacKinnon
Rebecca MacKinnon RConversation & Global Voices Online
Doc Searls
Doc Searls Doc Searls Weblog
Mindy Finn
Mindy Finn Republican National Committee Deputy eCampaign Director
Sheldon Rampton
Sheldon Rampton & SourceWatch
Christopher Rabb
Christopher Rabb Afro-Netizen
Scott Heiferman
Scott Heiferman Co-Founder and CEO of
Hossein Derakhashan
Hossein Derakhshan

I captured about 2.25 hours of interview footage by lurking around outside the conference rooms from noon until 7 p.m. I definitely had a unique conference experience, and I plan on cutting together some highlights and open-sourcing the audio of the interviews soon.

With so many new media luminaries at one place and one time, I thought that it'd be a shame to pass up the opportunity to get their predictions on the record for how they see the evolution of media, politics and culture.

Nearly everyone seemed to agree that things are changing so fast that it's really hard to predict exactly what is going to happen.

The emergence of blogs and podcasts have already made lightening quick impacts on politics and culture.

There are even more changes afoot with the technological infrastructure and tools such as CivicSpace & Drupal that have the potential to really empower the grassroots. The public will soon become a powerful institution in it's own right.

I pretty much talked with everyone that I targeted except for two:

Josh Marshall wanted to do an interview but was swamped with all of the irons he has in his fire. He said to e-mail him to try to do a quick interview on Tuesday, but he evidently was too swamped since I never heard back from him.

Arianna Huffington also seemed willing to do an interview, but I couldn't pin her down between running between her panel, Reuters, CNN, personal meetings, phone calls, etc.

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Swarm Intelligence Journalism

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Dan Gillmor points to Lance Knobel's lecture titled "Nullius in verba: navigating through the new media democracy." The Latin phrase comes from the Royal Society which translates to "Don't trust in anyone's word."

Since we shouldn’t trust any one person's word, then is there a way that we can trust the Swarm Intelligence contained within the Wisdom of Crowds? And is there a way that we can somehow extract this swarm intelligence through a technological tagging mechanism such as

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Multimedia Networking Strategy for Conferences

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I'm going to the Personal Democracy Forum in NYC next week, and the more that I look at the line-up of A-List bloggers and other movers and shakers, the more I'm thinking that it would be a good idea to take along my GL-1 miniDV camera and shotgun & lapel microphones to some conduct some impromptu interviews with the panelists and conference participants.

So my networking strategy could be to interview some of the A-listers for my film and produce a short video piece to display my sensibility for videography and content. I've donned the photojournalist hat at a number of film festivals like Sundance and SXSW in order to network with the indy film world's big wigs, and it seems the fashionable thing to do these days.

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Video + Audio + Blogosphere = The Next Big Thing?

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Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit fame did a 15-minute video at Blog Nashville where he primarily focused on gathering thoughts from bloggers about Making Money with Blogging.

From a technical standpoint, he used the on-camera microphone and had the autofocus on the camera turned on, which meant that the sound was a little iffy and his shots were constantly going in and out of focus. But it was well-edited and had a great round-up of some of the current buzz on the blogosphere.

Reynolds perceived that the ">hot topics at the conference were making money with blogging as well as:

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2005 = Year of RSS

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The same folks who said that 2004 would be the "Year of the Blog" are saying that 2005 will be the "Year of RSS" (Really Simple Syndication). [UPDATE: This is something I've probably heard at the Berkman Conference on Journalism, but I don't have a citation. Here's one]

RSS basically allows the user to have more control over the content, as Tim Yang demonstrates in his buzzing post 15 things you can do with RSS (it was supposed to be 10, but I got carried away).

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Attending Personal Democracy Forum

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I'm planning on taking a bus or train up to New York City next Sunday night in order to attend the Personal Democracy Forum. The tagline is "Technology is Changing Politics."

It's only one day, and there are going to be a ton of movers and shakers there.

I had a chance to met a number of these speakers at SXSW Interactive, and I have a little bit clearer vision of where I'm at and where I'm going.

I'm there to network and get the word out on my project, but to learn as well.

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Roadmap for Open Source Documentary & Citizen Journalism Toolset Development

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The Echo Chamber is a documentary on the failures of the mainstream media, and how I produce this film will hopefully provide some solutions to this infotainment bottleneck.

I'm trying to develop more sophisticated techniques for citizen journalism by open sourcing my interview material and collaboratively producing The Echo Chamber on a Drupal/CivicSpace platform. More details are below...

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Phase 07: Gather & Analyze Supporting Evidence for Editing Decisions

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* Drupal Modules
* New Media Ecosystem
* Electronic Knowledge Repository

* Community of Practice
* Intelligence Analysis
* Knowledge Management

* Deception Detection Techniques
* Critical Thinking Skills
* Decision Making Transparency


* The documentary is primarily focused on how the media served as an uncritical Echo Chamber to the White House's public relations campaign to sell the war in Iraq to the American people. The concensus in Congress trumped International and domestic dissent. These are politically contentious statements. This phase is designed to aggregate and analyze the confirming and disconfirming evidence concerning the larger contentious political issues.
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Philosophical Grounding for a New Model for Journalism

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I have a lot of ideas for how to create a new model for journalism, but it doesn't seem like the newspapers are in any rush to fundamentally change their business practices. Jay Rosen comments "No R & D rush. No large investment in the future. No siren call to find the new model."

I've been independently doing this R&D work through the process of making my documentary on the failures of the mainstream media leading up to the war in Iraq. I hope to provide a proof of concept of these models through the production of my film. I submitted the following comment to Rosen's site in the hopes that I can gain more awareness and institutional support for what I'm doing. I'm working on an implementation roadmap.

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Activist Technology M16 Meeting after SxSW

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I was invited to a gathering of Activists & Technologists on March 16th at the Ventana del Soul Internet Cafe in Austin after the last day of the SXSW Interactive Conference.

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There seemed to some potential overlap with what I intend to do with The Echo Chamber Project and with what others are planning on doing with the same CivicSpace/Drupal platform.

I'm in the process of going over my lessons learned and planning my next steps for this project. I'm starting to solidify where I want to be in a year from now and what I need in order to get there. Hopefully I'll be able to form some symbiotic relationships with some of the participants of this Activist Technology group.

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