Open Video Conference, NYC JUNE 19-20, 2009

The Open Video Conference in NYC, June 19-20, 2009 should be a great event bringing together artists, activists, academics, tech types, and assorted culture jammers. It will be an opportunity to discuss issues around access, fair use, obstacles and vehicles to collaboration, decentralization, and democracy in the area on online video. Lots of cool speakers are lined up including: Clay Shirky (NYU), Yochai Benkler (Harvard’s Berkman Center), Ted Hope (Film producer, Adventureland, Brett Gaylor (RIP Manifesto), Lance Weiler (The Workbook Project), and Sam Gregory, Program Director of Witness.

On the Saturday morning of the conference (June 20), Lina Srivastava, Lotje Sodderland (Planet of Slums, a multi-authored web documentary in production), and myself will be leading a workshop on transmedia activism: how to use cross-media platforms in social activist campaigns.

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It should be a exciting event with many of the innovators in the online video arena packed in this two day session.   Hope to see you there! 

Check out this great video on Fair Use! This issue came up many times this semester as we were working on the Multicultural America class blogs, and I think the video would have been a wonderful quick introduction to topic for my students — clear and concise as well as an advocate for importance of using found materials in our creative and critical projects.

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Ada Lovelace Day!

Hi Everyone:
Just wanted to join in on this great idea — blogging on women in technology as part of an international celebration: Ada Lovelace Day! You can find out more specifically about Ada Lovelace, who wrote the first computer programs for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine during the 19th century by the organizer of today’s event, Suw Charman-Anderson’s, site.

I thought what I would do for my participation in the day would be to write something a bit more on the meta-side. That is, I decided I would blog about bloggers and specifically what all these great new tools of technology have meant for women to connect and write stories and histories that had previously been hidden, misrepresented, ignored or trivialized. Digital tools, like Blogger, WordPress, Twitter, etc., have the potential not only to distribute this information, but also to to link us in very powerful ways and in an ever expanding network.

We need only look to the post below by Joan Myers on the Fatty Arbuckle trial as a case in point. The Arbuckle case has certainly spilled its share of ink, but very little on the gendered discourse surrounding the trial nor much on Virginia Rappe herself (except as the “cause” of Arbuckle’s supposedly unwarranted fall from grace). Joan’s approach to the case is unique indeed, and I am hoping I can convince her to share more of her extensive research with us on this site. It is the sort of story that is made for a blog since it is a counter history, something that works against the received and entrenched ideas on the topic and thus perhaps not easy to publish within more traditional historical venues.

And then of course there is the amazing Marilyn Slater, who has posted here on this site with regard to silent cinema and early 20th century women’s cultural history. She is the author of the Looking for Mabel site that I have found to be such an ongoing inspirational work on the silent film star and director, Mabel Normand.   Not only is Marilyn a wonderful scholar, she is fabulous for putting folks together (e.g., I met Joan through Marilyn!).     Marilyn taught me the possibilities of the 21st C. online archive form as well as a research rigor that surpasses many in academia, and a generosity and enthusiasm for her research that is truly unmatched. 
I would be remiss if I didn’t include something on Twitter — one of the best online tools for sharing information.   I should also point to my favorite twitter feeds these days as they are now my daily injections of data on what is happening –here are two amazing sources that I look to every morning to get me going:  first, Christy Dena’s web/twitter feed on transmedia.
Seriously, almost too much info for you to take in – Christy is the rock star of transmedia so she gets a special shout out from here.
 
Then, Lina Srivastava’s blog on transmedia activism is a focused take on all these new tools and storytelling with particular attention to issues of social change.    Both Christy and Lina’s sites feature wonderful and smart writing on digital media, but it is truly their amazing twitter feeds that teach me so much about contemporary media happenings and the potential for change.
There are many more amazing women and sites to point to, but these are some of my favorite places to visit right now and which seem to be in the spirit of the Ada Lovelace celebratory day!
 

We still wear “Lingerie” or did you Burn your Bra?

It was 100 years ago and still can’t get him to do the dishes! Nor do my laundry so perhaps, I should just do away with my ‘Lingerie” Is this something that the University of Wisconsin has continued to teach?

SAYS LINGERIE IS USELESS FAD
It cannot be seen and it enslaves washerwomen.
RUFFLES ARE RAPPED

Miss A. L. Mariett of the University of Wisconsin,

Scores Fancy Underclothing – “Women are Copy Cats”

La Crosse, Wis., February 8, (1910) – Miss A. L. Marlette, of the home economics department of the University of Wisconsin, wrote “30” on ruffled lingerie before a large class of girls at the La Cosse County College of Agriculture because, she said none saw it and it merely was the means of enslaving the women who had it to wash. Besides, it is unsanitary, she said, and a set of two garments, under and outer is preferable in the woman’s wardrobe. “The time is coming according to Miss Mariett, when women will wear loose clothes and gym suits about their work.

Most women are “copy cats,” according to Miss Mariett. They see another of the fair sex with her hair “done” attractively and they rush home and try to duplicate it, regardless of its adaptability to their style. Women should dress with regard to accentuating their beauty she declared, which can be done by considering the lips, eyes and hair. Illustrating she said a blue eyed girl might give the appearance to her eyes of the blue that the poets rave about by dressing in a pale shade of blue, while rosy checks and lips may be accentuated by similar methods of taste.

False hair is the greatest spreader of disease with which women have to contend, she says, and related personal knowledge of two cases of leprosy contracted by college girls from “switches” cut from the heads of lepers by unscrupulous foreign hair merchants.

For that matter, women would be better off, she said without false hair, or even hats, for when the time comes as she says it will, for people to go bareheaded, there will be no more need for hair tonics and headaches will have disappeared.

The average woman has a putty shape – at least, said Miss Mariett, it is possible to change it to conform with any fashion.

She took a ran at the husbands when she declared women should train them to do most of the housework. This can be done by any clever woman, she said and she can therefore escape the drudgery of housework labor. The men, she said are in the habit of sneering at housework and the time will come, if her prediction be true, when the husband will be the household drudge.

FINAL SESSION

Making Your Media Matter, Afternoon Session

Making Your Media Matter Conference, Center for Social Media, Afternoon Session

Making Your Media Matter

1916 Mabel Normand Peace Day

Mabel had a day of Peace here is the link

if the “olive” doesn’t link to the article, just use the address below…

http://looking-for-mabel.webs.com/peaceday1916.htm

Update on MULTICULTURAL AMERICA class multimedia site!

Hi everyone, when last we left our ongoing adventures in technology and education, my Multicultural America‘s final class project, a multimedia “archive” for our community partner, Kids Matter, Inc. had just emerged from Google limbo.     I wanted to update folks on how things were going.   

We might have a few more tweaks and additions, but we finally went “live” with the site yesterday and you can check out here.
I am really proud of my class and all we worked through this term, both as scholars and as media makers.    Most of us knew very little about foster care when we started the semester, but we definitely increased our awareness and knowledge on that front — truly an eye opening and life changing event for many of us.    The work of Kids Matter, Inc as advocates for children’s rights was inspiring and indeed humbling.
On the technical front, we gave the new(ish) Google Sites a spin.   It promises to be an easier space for these sorts of collaborative projects than Blogger, which is designed more for single and chronological posting (you can set up to do more than that, obviously, but certainly not “out of the box”).    That said, not sure if I am going to use Google Sites again this term as it still seems rather “in process” and the collaborative aspect does lend itself to potential formatting meltdowns if not everyone is working at same skill level.   The temporary shutdown of the website for a couple of days right before the final project was due also did not endear me to this new software.   Ultimately though, everything worked and looks good, so I am still thinking this over as we gear up for another round of Multicultural America and our next “archival” project this semester. 
Hope you get a chance to take a look at the site!