Police filming English streets in 1935

This film illustrates an early example of technologically-mediated visual surveillance: the use of cine cameras by the British police in 1935 in the English town of Chesterfield in an operation to crack down on illegal street betting. The film accompanies an article by Chris Williams in Surveillance & Society 6(1) which explains what was going on and why…… Continue reading Police filming English streets in 1935

Dear Mr Pepsident:

‘Dear Mr President‘ is PEPSI’s advert (thought and thus, it would be so much cooler if it was Mr PEPSIdent); you are suppose to answer this question: ‘what would you say to the man who is about to refresh America?’. PEPSI then becomes the channel, the messenger, the carrier, the pigeon, the media between the audience and the… Continue reading Dear Mr Pepsident:

A Photographic Share Economy?

At the Inaugural Youth Ball, the new President of the United States of (North) America and the First Lady Obama salute the crowd. What an amazing image! While the event is happening, we the audience indulge in its consumption by recording it, rather than experiencing the event itself. We engage the media, the channel, the interface, and not the message.… Continue reading A Photographic Share Economy?

Demotix: a virtual agent for citizen journalists

Demotix is a citizen-journalism website and photo agency. Imagine a community driven news agency that allows you to share your story, in photos or videos, and market it to the mainstream media. That is Demotix. “Demotix was founded with two principles at its heart – the freedom of speech and the freedom to know. Its objective… Continue reading Demotix: a virtual agent for citizen journalists

How I experienced Obama’s victory speech.

It was the 5th of November 2008   It was a great night and one that change how news are experienced. I had on my Mac ABC news live, UStream, Twitter-election US, and Twitterrific. On my telly, I was swapping channels from CNN, RTE, Sky News, to FOX. But it was an amazing experience just… Continue reading How I experienced Obama’s victory speech.

Objectified

A peek at the upcoming design documentary “Objectified”, by Gary Hustwit, the director of “Helvetica”. The trailer features the voices of Jonathan Ive, Andrew Blauvelt, Marc Newson, and Karim Rashid. The song is “I Like Van Halen Because My Sister Says They Are Cool” by El Ten Eleven.  Objectified premieres at film festivals and events… Continue reading Objectified