Today I was mentioned in a Boston Globe story on activism and video called “For young activists, video is their voice“.
It is true that video is becoming an increasingly popular way of talking back to the mainstream media within our participatory culture, fostering a new type of activism. But opportunities, experiences, skills, and access to technology all play a role in who gets to speak. Video is my voice because I have access to the required tools and technologies that allow me to speak in our increasingly audio/visual language: computers, editing software, internet connections. Currently, there are walled gardens and participation gaps and that limit who has a voice and who is encouraged to participate. Cambridge Community Television’s Digital Divide and Youth Program, as well as USC’s Project New Media Literacies, are programs that are currently making strides to close this gap.
The challenges of participatory culture: JENKINS_WHITE_PAPER
For existing producers of online video: Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video.