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==Political Blogs==
 
==Political Blogs==
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==Lecture Videos==
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The lectures for this week are on Monday, October 9th at 1:15pm and Tuesday, October 10th at 1:15pm.  Both will be taped.  They will be available here in QuickTime format approximately 24 hours after they occur.
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[http://blip.tv/file/get/CyberOne-CyberOne10090691WatchFirst269.mp4 Monday 10/09/06 (watch first)]
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[http://blip.tv/file/get/CyberOne-CyberOne10090692WatchNext341.mp4 Monday 10/09/06 (watch next)] 
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[http://blip.tv/file/get/CyberOne-CyberOne101006101WatchFirst544.mp4 Tuesday 10/10/06 (watch first)]
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[http://blip.tv/file/get/CyberOne-CyberOne101006102WatchNext458.mp4 Tuesday 10/10/06 (watch next)] 
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'''Get the Videos Delivered''' (or if you have trouble w/ playback)
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* [[Democracy Player]] is a free and open source video player/aggregator that will download and play back your class videos (sort of like a TiVo for your computer).
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* [http://mplayerhq.hu Mplayer] is another free and open source video player with its own codecs for playing Real(tm) and Quicktime(tm) (as well as all the other common formats).  Some people who have problems with Democracy Player can play the videos with mplayer.
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* [http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ VLC] is another video player. It is, in my opinion (this being Dean), far easier to use than Mplayer.
  
 
===From the Syllabus===
 
===From the Syllabus===
 
  Monday, Oct. 9. Practice Day: Introduction to Video
 
  Monday, Oct. 9. Practice Day: Introduction to Video
 
*Production Guest: Jason Crow, Cambridge Community Television
 
*Production Guest: Jason Crow, Cambridge Community Television
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See [[notes from Jason Crow's guest lecture here]].
  
 
  Tuesday, Oct. 10. Public Citizen Discourse: Political Blogs and Net Organizing
 
  Tuesday, Oct. 10. Public Citizen Discourse: Political Blogs and Net Organizing
*Guests: Professor John Palfrey, Berkman Center for Internet and Society; Dan Gilmore
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*Guests: Professor John Palfrey, Berkman Center for Internet and Society;
 
*Assignments: none
 
*Assignments: none
 
*Readings: none
 
*Readings: none
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See [[notes from the Palfrey discussion here]].
  
 
===Interesting Reading on Blogging & Politics:===
 
===Interesting Reading on Blogging & Politics:===
: [http://breakingnews.iol.ie/news/story.asp?j=197182270&p=y97y8z976 An Irish conference will examine the benefits of political blogging] <br>
 
 
: [http://beltwayblogroll.nationaljournal.com/archives/2006/01/the_rise_of_blo.php The Rise of Blogs]<br>
 
: [http://beltwayblogroll.nationaljournal.com/archives/2006/01/the_rise_of_blo.php The Rise of Blogs]<br>
 
: [http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/26/magazine/26BLOGS.html?ex=1159934400&en=f8c97fba83ca2ae9&ei=5070 Times profile of liberal bloggers on the campaign trail (need to register free w/ nytimes.com)]
 
: [http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/26/magazine/26BLOGS.html?ex=1159934400&en=f8c97fba83ca2ae9&ei=5070 Times profile of liberal bloggers on the campaign trail (need to register free w/ nytimes.com)]
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: [http://breakingnews.iol.ie/news/story.asp?j=197182270&p=y97y8z976 An Irish conference will examine the benefits of political blogging] <br>
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: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_Blog Wikipedia Article on Political Blogs]
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: [http://courses.law.harvard.edu/spring_00/int_prop_fisher/Materials/Woodmansee1992.html On the Author Effect: Recovering Collectivity] (not about political blogs, but discusses the collective way in which "authorship" is now being performed online; has implications for the power political blogs can and do have)
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: [http://blogs.cgdev.org/globaldevelopment/2005/11/what_does_blogging_have_to_do.php  Interesting discussion of blogs and development]
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===Links to Some Political Blogs:===
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The list is getting pretty long-- click [[Links to Political Blogs | here]] to see it, and add any others you read.
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===Thoughts on Political Blogs===
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Click [[Thoughts on Political Blogs | here]] to read our thoughts and add yours.
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'''Bonus:''' Jordan Catalano weighs in!
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==Video Editing==
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===HOWTO: Useful Links===
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It might be useful to have some tools or tutorials on video editing, if people are interested. If anyone knows of a good, free video editor for Windows, a link would be great. I understand Jahshaka is powerful, but I haven't been able to figure out how to use it. - [[ccwalsh]]
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I am glad you asked that question, ccwalsh.  I was hoping to get a little deeper into video production tools and techniques.  Here are some great places to start:
  
===Some Political Blogs:===
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For tips on all aspects of video production:
Leaning to the Left...<br>
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http://www.current.tv/make/training
# [http://www.justtotheleft.com/ Just to the Left]<br>
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http://www.mediacollege.com/video/
# [http://www.dailykos.com/ Daily Kos]<br>
 
# [http://www.left2right.typepad.com/ Left2Right]<br>
 
# [http://www.wonkette.com/ Wonkette]<br>
 
  
...and to the Right.<br>
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I especially like the Ira Glass on storytelling piece.
# [http://alittlemoretotheright.com/blog/ A Little More to the Right]<br>
 
# [http://sgtstryker.com/ The Daily Brief: A Military Blog]<br>
 
# [http://volokh.com/ The Volokh Conspiracy]<br>
 
# [http://ace.mu.nu/ Ace of Spades HQ]<br>
 
  
===Things to Consider===
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For a free video editor for Windows:
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http://www.avid.com/freedv/
  
Actor [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Leto Jared Leto], recently said the following: (via [http://www.perezhilton.com/ Perez Hilton])
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For a free video editor for Mac:
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http://www.avid.com/freedv/ (only works in 10.4.2)
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or iMovie that comes installed on machines.
  
"I think that blogging should die a sudden death. It's just ridiculous. It's like a playground for four-year-olds. People say and do things in the world of blogs that they would never do in real life, and I think it's a false experience. You know, it's, like, eating too much candy. One of the things along those lines that bothers me about when people start citing blogs as news sources is that when people are writing on these blogs, they feel like they don't feel they need to do any research or back up their opinions with facts or anything, you know what I mean? Times have changed. It used to be, to be a writer you had to have experience and talent, and learn a craft. Now anybody with an opinion, which is anyone and everyone, feels that it's worthy. Technology is allowing people to have access to things where before it required very great skill. So there will be some interesting developments from that, and also some things that are pretty worthless. Pretty soon anybody with a cell phone is going to be able to be a news reporter. The blog is yesterday's parachute pants. It's here now but it's gone tomorrow."
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Remember, you are welcome to sign up for a CCTV membership and take classes:
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http://cctvcambridge.org/classes
  
However incoherent this rant may be, does he have a point?
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--crowjason
*Do consumers assume bloggers are more or less truthful than the regular news media?  Is that a problem?  What might be the value in that?
 
*Are blogs only valuable for the opinions of the bloggers, or are they also a valid source of factual news?
 
*Is it good or bad that everybody with an opinion can make it heard?  What might be the effects on politics, culture, religion etc?
 
*Is it a problem that many bloggers have not "learned a craft" in journalism school or by working up the ranks in a regular news agency?  Might there be benefits to giving such people a voice?
 
*Is it good or bad that the traditional sources of news and opinion concerning politics now have competition in the form of blogs?  Why?
 

Latest revision as of 06:24, 17 October 2006

Political Blogs

Lecture Videos

The lectures for this week are on Monday, October 9th at 1:15pm and Tuesday, October 10th at 1:15pm. Both will be taped. They will be available here in QuickTime format approximately 24 hours after they occur.

Monday 10/09/06 (watch first)

Monday 10/09/06 (watch next)

Tuesday 10/10/06 (watch first)

Tuesday 10/10/06 (watch next)


Get the Videos Delivered (or if you have trouble w/ playback)

  • Democracy Player is a free and open source video player/aggregator that will download and play back your class videos (sort of like a TiVo for your computer).
  • Mplayer is another free and open source video player with its own codecs for playing Real(tm) and Quicktime(tm) (as well as all the other common formats). Some people who have problems with Democracy Player can play the videos with mplayer.
  • VLC is another video player. It is, in my opinion (this being Dean), far easier to use than Mplayer.

From the Syllabus

Monday, Oct. 9. Practice Day: Introduction to Video
  • Production Guest: Jason Crow, Cambridge Community Television

See notes from Jason Crow's guest lecture here.

Tuesday, Oct. 10. Public Citizen Discourse: Political Blogs and Net Organizing
  • Guests: Professor John Palfrey, Berkman Center for Internet and Society;
  • Assignments: none
  • Readings: none

See notes from the Palfrey discussion here.

Interesting Reading on Blogging & Politics:

The Rise of Blogs
Times profile of liberal bloggers on the campaign trail (need to register free w/ nytimes.com)
An Irish conference will examine the benefits of political blogging
Wikipedia Article on Political Blogs
On the Author Effect: Recovering Collectivity (not about political blogs, but discusses the collective way in which "authorship" is now being performed online; has implications for the power political blogs can and do have)
Interesting discussion of blogs and development

Links to Some Political Blogs:

The list is getting pretty long-- click here to see it, and add any others you read.

Thoughts on Political Blogs

Click here to read our thoughts and add yours. Bonus: Jordan Catalano weighs in!

Video Editing

HOWTO: Useful Links

It might be useful to have some tools or tutorials on video editing, if people are interested. If anyone knows of a good, free video editor for Windows, a link would be great. I understand Jahshaka is powerful, but I haven't been able to figure out how to use it. - ccwalsh

I am glad you asked that question, ccwalsh. I was hoping to get a little deeper into video production tools and techniques. Here are some great places to start:

For tips on all aspects of video production: http://www.current.tv/make/training http://www.mediacollege.com/video/

I especially like the Ira Glass on storytelling piece.

For a free video editor for Windows: http://www.avid.com/freedv/

For a free video editor for Mac: http://www.avid.com/freedv/ (only works in 10.4.2) or iMovie that comes installed on machines.

Remember, you are welcome to sign up for a CCTV membership and take classes: http://cctvcambridge.org/classes

--crowjason