I have been captivated by the live video coverage of today’s RNC protests by The Uptake. It has been emotional, scary, tense, funny and informative throughout the day (and still continues as of this writing).
TV news better be frightened, because now regular people can do everything they can (except, of course, for the giant paychecks).
The Uptake has two reporters with the ability for live feeds (though the technology limits them to doing bursts of video instead of a consistent stream, it seems). They have one video window embedded in their main page that is powered through Qik. When one person stops transmitting, it will switch to the other stream, if it is going. So you can just sit and wait for video to start. It’s pretty nice. I am sure with a little more organization, this will truly be the new way to cover live events.
Let’s just say that capitalist media is not really doing this yet. Compare the coverage by the Star Tribune with the coverage at The Uptake and you’ll see what I mean.
In other news, the cops keep spraying big media photojournalists. In Denver it was New York Times photographer Christian Hansen, and in the Twin Cities it is an AP photographer. Here it is, first-person:
Seems like a bad tactic to me, but it hasn’t really backfired quite yet. Come on, big media, get mad. That pepper spray hurts