Production companies and broadcasters no longer hold a monopoly over moving-images - instead, a new theatre of public information has emerged. Spread across the internet, television, festivals and campaigns this emerging ‘Video Republic’ is a messy, alternative realm of video creation and exchange, dominated by young people. Who inhabits, shapes and regulates the Video Republic?
As young people experiment with taking on powerful roles as reporters, distributors, commentators and artists, they are increasingly plotting their ‘route around’ existing political and cultural institutions. This poses a profound challenge to decision-makers, but it also creates opportunities. For European democracies starved of legitimacy, it could open up new channels for democratic expression and participation.
The Project and You
We are currently determining the scope of our research in a literature review. You can keep abreast of the project by checking the project blog and our themes. We will also set up a wikispace where you can keep abreast of what we are reading. We will post any interim papers here. During Spring 2008 we will make visits to several different countries across Europe. We will publish the dates and locations of these visits here (if you’d like to meet up).
Finland: We were in Helsinki from February 18th to 22nd. You can read some of our thoughts about the visit here; and watch a video of our trip here.
Berlin: We were in Berlin from March 24th to 26th.
Romania: We were in Romania from April 23rd to 28th.
This project will lead to a public report in October 2008.
We are grateful for the support we have received from our friends at the European Cultural Foundation and the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation in funding this work.
Cheap digital technology and broadband access have broken the moving-image monopoly held by production companies and broadcasters. In its place a new theatre of public information has emerged.
Birds Eye View - Celebrating Women Filmmakers
MacArthur Foundation - Identity - Digital Learning
us documentary about los digital natives
MySpace to Enforce Youth Safety Measures
hmm... where have i heard of this one before
oh my god - it's nearly exactly the same as stranger and one minutes JR. but stranger probably came first
site isn't ready yet
this is both hilarious and brilliant. who could possibly not want to enter this competition!
there are lots of these i am a muslim videos on youtube - can't see if anyone is coordinating it
working out your religious identity on youtube
global film day founded by ted prize winner who wished to change the world through the power of film. apparently this is how people are going to listen to each other
Denmark vows zero tolerance after week of youth riots - Yahoo! News UK
young person reacts to independence of Kosovo
YouTube - One cadet's hopes for Kosovo's future - 12 Feb 08
Cyber celebs and online TV
Timeline of online journalism / new media / media from US school of journalism the Poynter Institute.
A book, available free online, on what might be happening to our privacy and ultimately reputation in an age of ubiquitous personal information.
the workshop is in iasi, near to the border with moldova
Iasi International Airport
one minute adolescence - romanian one minute junior
Project New Media Literacies
Homepage of sociologist Nalini P. Kotamraju
Wi publishes the latest in Canadian mobilities research, encompassing disciplines such as design, engineering, computer science, communications and media studies.
Nalini P. Kotamraju's developing bibliography on social science research into mobile phone cultures.
UK adults spend more time on social networking sites than their European neighbours, with 4 in 10 UK adults saying that they regularly visit the sites. The UK adults who visit the sites spend an average of 5.3 hours each month on them and return to them an average 23 times in the month.
The best news source about Russia and Central Asia
An awesome video about helsinki
BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Danes clash on web in Prophet row
YouTube most popular networking site | Media | guardian.co.uk
Online TV news update for Young Europeans
Bucharest travel guide - Wikitravel
event location for children of Europa in waterloo
danah boyd post on young people and privacy
From European Alternative's journal EUROPA
Podcast interview on Mediasnackers with Chris Scheuppp who co-ordinates Unicef's Young People's Media Network in Europe and Central Asia
MAGIC - The Media and Children's Rights guide
list of media orgs in romania - sponsors of the transylvanian international film festival.
BBC NEWS | School Report | Cheltenham tip from horse's mouth
Youth and European Identity Research Papers on the Project
HOME | Showcomotion Young People's Film Festival
romanian boy wins at toykyo video festival 2007
romanian film festival promoting young people and their rights
world catholic association for communication - brings together radio television, cinema, video, media education, internet and new technology professionals across europe
World summit on media for children
Break is a online entertainment destination for guys with over 18,000,000 unique viewers and 500,000,000 page impressions per month. Mainly men between 15 - 35 visit the U.S. site. Like the name suggests the videos are mainly videos of people falling and breaking stuff and accidents. In consensus with the generation cash trend, you get paid on Break for uploading your video.
turkey shuts down europe and blames the greeks
:: romania think tank ::
UNICEF - At a glance: Guyana - Youth journalists use video to urge action on child rights
Julian Rolfe, Manager, Planet Edge, Synovate, commented: "The findings from the study demonstrate that with an increasing lack of faith in the education system and employment market, young people across Europe are investing more and more of their time and energy in their leisure activities in order to give themselves a sense of identity and belonging.
he European social networking community stood at 127.3 million unique visitors in August – reaching 56 percent of the European online population. U.K. participation in social networking usage proved to be the highest in Europe, with 24.9 million unique visitors – 78 percent of the total U.K. online population – now belonging to the country’s social networking community.
Driven in large part by its French traffic, Skyrock Network has established itself as the second largest European social networking site. The site’s European traffic has grown 22 percent since the start of the year and now encompasses 13.8 million unique European visitors. This surpasses the 12.1 million unique European visitors recorded by the largest U.K. social networking site, Bebo.com.
The aim of this project is to make a documentary demonstrating your thoughts, views and opinions on the world that we live in. muslimyouth.net will run a workshop in March, which will be attended by a diverse range of young Muslims from different cultural and ethnical backgrounds. The workshop will give you an opportunity to discuss issues that are facing you: whether its gun/gang crime, litter in your local areas or global warming.
Like YouTube but designed to be populated by 'ideas'. So it seems there's basically less happy slapping, more Kwame Anthony Appiah.
I don’t have the freedom to move the facets that make up my online self from Facebook to LinkedIn or Myspace, my content and relationships are the property of Facebook, as are the words exchanged with friends; I can’t message my Myspace friends from Facebook. My content is their content, my relationships are their relationships and my communications are their communications. I can escape and start a new life somewhere else, but if I do I do so faceless, barren and alone.
The current cohort of European under 25s have several important characteristics that make them immune to cheap nationalism -- they are the first generation whose parents didn't live through WWII, and they are richer, more mobile, and speak better English (the official second language of the 21st century) than any generation in history. Add to this that they are comfortable with the internet, that they can work anywhere they like, and that places like easyEverything are springing up to satisfy untapped demand for communications, and you get a generation of rootless cosmopolitans, people who are unimpressed with arguments that they should tolerate unemployment, or high prices, or limited horizons, simply in order to defend national characteristics that boil down to little more than a preference for different kinds of cheese.
communities have strong upper limits on size, while audiences can grow arbitrarily large. Put another way, the larger a group held together by communication grows, the more it must become like an audience -- largely disconnected and held together by communication traveling from center to edge -- because increasing the number of people in a group weakens communal connection.
In retrospect, mass media's position in the 20th century was an anomoly and not an inevitability. There have always been both one-way and two-way media -- pamphlets vs. letters, stock tickers vs. telegraphs -- but in 20th century the TV so outstripped the town square that we came to assume that 'large audience' necessarily meant 'passive audience', even though size and passivity are unrelated. With the Internet, we have the world's first large, active medium, but when it got here no one was ready for it, least of all the people who have learned to rely on the consumer's quiescent attention while the Lucky Strike boxes tapdance across the screen.
one minute film festival in romania - not the same as the oneminutesjr
Richard Bartle: Gamers have won the battle against the censors | Technology | guardian.co.uk
Instant messaging 'a linguistic renaissance' for teens - tech - 15 May 2008 - New Scientist Tech
On Deleuze, cinema and time
Laurence Lessig taking his free culture argument to political reporting.
Cineuropa - News - British youth get film bonanza
Who is selling your photos online?
EngageMedia is a video sharing site focusing on social justice and environmental issues in South East Asia, Australia and the Pacific. It is a space for critical documentary, fiction, artistic and experimental works that challenge the dominance of the mainstream media.
Copyright extension is the enemy of innovation -Times Online
Parents don't monitor kids online - Web User News
comScore Reports that 26 Million People Watched More Than 3 Billion Videos Online in Germany in May
Eszter Hargittai's: from free-for-all to commercial gatekeeping
"Content creation by teenagers continues to grow, with 64% of online teenagers ages 12 to 17 engaging in at least one type of content creation, up from 57% of online teens in 2004."
FT.com / Media & internet - TV viewing figures defy talk of decline
Consultation from Ofcom on their role in furthering the interests of citizens.
More on the intriguing story of TV viewing figures
Tories push for more surveillance
Labour warned over limits to free expression | Politics | The Guardian
Internet TV: insights from the Starcom Mediavest research
EU Media literacy defined
Is the YouTube-isation of politics a good thing?
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