the power of the community

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Ron Paul: The Web 2.0 candidate

I've been wanting to write a post about Ron Paul for a long time. Before I speak let us see a brief overview of his beliefs:

  • He has never voted to raise taxes.
  • He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
  • He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
  • He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
  • He has never taken a government-paid junket.
  • He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.
  • He voted against the Patriot Act.
  • He voted against regulating the Internet.
  • He voted against the Iraq war.
  • He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
    He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.

  • Congressman Paul introduces numerous pieces of substantive legislation each year, probably more than any single member of Congress.

Not only he's the most valid candidate in the 2008 US presidential elections, but he also gained extreme popularity among the internet community, yet ignored by the mainstream media. Why is that? Because he is not the typical candidate who would not speak in politician, but instead about real things, directly to people and attacking those topics that are considered uncomfortable.

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(Video) Prometeus - The Media Revolution: from 2.0 to 42?

Wow. I could not believe this video was made by 'CasallegioAssociati', the same people that run Beppe Grillo's blog. A provoking, (not really flawless) prediction of the future of media, surely interesting in so many aspects.

Prometeus - The Media Revolution


Prometeus - The Media Revolution
Prometeus - The Media Revolution
Prometeus - The Media Revolution

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Music Collaboration: post-rock, post a video response!

Hi ^_^,
this is an experiment. I was improvising with my drummer a kind of post-rock song, though we are missing at least a cello and a guitar (actually a lot more ^_^ but it was fun). If you'd like to participate post a video response, you are more than welcome.

The video is very blurry, it was a mistake but we thought it was a nice effect. Here's a link to a slightly higher quality video for your tests.

Download high quality MOV file (h264 enc)

The video is also available on the following sites: YouTube
Revver

Have phun!

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Official Video for Terra Naomi's "Say It's Possible": worthy of our expectations?

Official Video for Terra Naomi's Say It's Possible


Official Video for Terra Naomi's Say It's Possible
Official Video for Terra Naomi's Say It's Possible
Official Video for Terra Naomi's Say It's Possible

I just saw it.

To be perfectly honest I think it has lost that type of alchemy that the original video had. The idea is very nice, but it wasn't very well handled, IMHO. I enjoyed much more MadV and zefrank's creations.

It's the same concept, a message from the community, from people all over the World, unified by a personality other than a message. I feel that the aforementioned videos were much more effective than this one. Kind of a disappointment. She looks a bit fake with all that makeup, and somewhat distant to the people that appear on video, plus the original version had more emotion, more passion involved.

IMHO.

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Youtube and the power of the community: freedom

Internet can be very beneficial to some people. It can be use for a variety of means. We all know how YouTube is the most popular free video sharing website in the World. It has endless possibilities, millions of users and even more content. Though this opportunity is often misused. Low value content, dancing idiots, aroused teenagers showing themselves in front of a webcam and so on. If you randomly looked at 20 videos on YT you could think that it pretty well depicts the demise of human civilisation.

But this is not all that there is to it. YouTube has two of the most important factors of the Web 2.0 revolution.

  1. Visibility: literally millions of users visiting the website everyday. That's not something you can find that often. If nobody reads your blog... it's like to having a blog, you could just write on your diary.
  2. Democracy: at its true form. The cost of making a short video is close to nothing. A 50$ cellphone, a webcam, a second hand computer. All the original non-pornographic non-violent content is allowed. Politicians cannot and shall not put their dirty hands on what people have to say.
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