Several services have cropped up purporting to rank the “popularity” and “influence” of social media users. Some sites have ranked blogs based on visitor traffic alone. The history of discrimination against small media outlets warrants a critical look at how ranking services in new media will affect small businesses seeking to develop their brands.
This past July when the 3rd Court of Appeals remained back to the FCC its attempt to loosen ownership rules largely due to the FCC’s failure to address women’s and minority media ownership a few women’s media organizations decided it was time to become more proactive on women’s media policy. Digital Sisters, New Moon Girls, Women in Film/DC and Media Equity Collaborative galvanized around the National Coalition of Women’s Organizations (NCWO) to formulate a new women’s media policy.
The discussion about providing underserved communities with “digital literacy” skills is too often limited to the skills people will need to be better media consumers. Too little emphasis is placed on equipping the public with the science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) skills they will need to be globally competitive and to be producers of media content.
Connecting with people has never been easier than it is today. Thanks to technology and social networking, we are literally able to get up-to-the-second updates about the comings and goings of hundreds of “friends” near and far. This is powerful and exciting. Yet it seems as visual arts administrators, we’ve got so much to do and so little time to do it that we are rarely able to meaningfully connect with each other. This summer, however, I had the chance to “disconnect” from status updates and text messages and connect with an impressive group of arts professionals at the 2009 NAMAC Leadership Institute for Visual Arts Organizations.
Collaboration has moved from the sidelines to the center of how we do business and fulfill our arts and cultural missions. As media arts organizations and practitioners, our context is an increasingly interdisciplinary and participatory culture.
The following sketches ideas which will be developed more fully in a forthcoming article on California Newsreel's 30th Anniversary and its implications for independent social change film production and distribution. The author is Co-director of California Newsreel but the views expressed here do not reflect those of California Newsreel.
I suppose, in the overused parlance of the time, this should be an occasion to "celebrate" California Newsreel and its 30th anniversary. Age, however, disposes me towards more sober and sobering reflections.
At Native American Public Telecommunications, new technologies make strategic planning increasingly important. I often end my days with many more questions than answers.
Are makers of experimental and personal works isolated narcissistic beings, working in codes that are inaccessible to most of us, and constantly reflecting on their existential crises?