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Posted on October 14th, 2014 Written on michael's blog

  Career prep for the non-math students amongst us... OK When I was in school, there were two kinds of people: math and non-math. The math people walked around with slide rules in their pockets (yes, I am that old), and could do quadratic equations with their eyes closed. Big deal. Who could have predicted that this proclivity toward perpetual nerd-dom would be the single greatest skill for the 21st Century. (Who could have predicted that Miss Chaffey's touch

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Coming Soon - The Bacon Channel!

Posted on October 12th, 2014 Written on michael's blog

  What's going to happen now??? I am launching The Bacon Channel I am sure it is going to be a big success. How do I know? Amazon recently bought Twitch - a gaming channel. It isn't a channel where you play video games, it's a channel where you watch other people play video games. If this is hard to believe, Amazon paid $1 billion for Twitch. And if that isn't hard enough to belie

Tags : Twitch , Bacon , Channel , Amazon


Posted on October 10th, 2014 Written on michael's blog

  The Easter Rising, (Éirí Amach na Cáscaone), of the most significant events in Irelands long march to independence from British rule, occurred on Easter Monday, April 24, 1916 and lasted for six days.  The British army responded with crushing force, ultimately ending the uprising.  The Irish received full independence three years later. At that time, one of the significant pieces of technology that helped the Irish Republicans coordinate their efforts was the printing press.   Sharon Gaffney, a reporter for RTE, the national service public broadcaster for Ireland, shot and produced the above piece using her iPhone (the siginificant piece of techonlogy that allows us to coordinate our efforts today).   She put some of the clips through the 8mm app for the effects and edited on Avid.   You can see from the astonishing quality fo the images that the iPhone is clearly crossing the boundary of 'broadcast quality', even for a national public broadcaster like RTE, which holds to the highest standards.   The advantages of the iPhone for video are manifold, but perhaps the most signfiicant is that it is a simple tool that every reporter (and everyone else) keeps with them pretty much 24 hours a day.   When you look at Sharon's piece, you have to ask yourself if it would not be an intelligent move on the part of RTE to equip everyone who works for them with iPhones (and the necessary training), so that everyone in the newsroom might be able to produce content for the broadcast and the website?  I have to assume that everyone who works for the Irish Independent or the Irish Times has a laptop or a computer or a tablet, and that everyone in those newsrooms is what we might call print literate. That is, they all know how to write copy and have the tools to do it. Networks like RTE are magnets for people who want to be journalists, who want to report stories.  That is why they go to work there.  It is crazy not to empower them with the tools and the skills to be able to do what they wnat to do - and for next to no cost.   If the Irish Republicans had to have gotten corporate permission to print their leaflets informing the public of the Easter Rising, my guess is that nothing would have ever been printed.  But they didn't have to. Access to print for everyone has been a long tradition in Ireland (and the rest of the west).   We no longer live in a world of print (ask anyone who works for a newspaper).  We live in a world of video. And clearly, the tools to make great video, perfect video I would say, are in everyone's hands already. All we need do is start using them. I don't know how many cameras RTE puts on the streets of Ireland every day, but I am willing to bet it is far lower than the number of iPhones in their newsroom at any given moment.  Time to turn them on.   I am indebted to @philipbromwell for turning me on to this story


Posted on October 9th, 2014 Written on michael's blog

  Forbes Magazine recently posted a list of the Ten Best and Worst Jobs for 2014.   Newspaper Journalist came in 2nd.   Second worst job you can have.  Lumberjack was first. Of course, as a lumberjack you get to spend a lot of time outdoors, amongst the trees. As a journalist you also get to spend a lot of time outdoors. But that's because you are going to be unemployed. The world o

Tags : NY , Times , Video , The , Middle , Forbes


Posted on October 8th, 2014 Written on michael's blog

  My Lai Massacre, Vietnam, 1971 Photo WIkileaks Commons / Library of Congress Vietnam was called "The Livingroom War". That's because it was the first war in US history that came along with live television coverage. For the first time, Americans could watch the progress or the war, daily, from their homes.  Most of it largely uncensored. What they saw shocked them. Up until Vietnam, warfare had been carried out in private.  It was always bloody, always ugly,

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