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CNN launches #COP17 Twitter data visualisation tool | The Wall Blog

CNN launches #COP17 Twitter data visualisation tool | The Wall Blog | MediaMentor | Scoop.it

[excerpt] This is really pretty cool. CNN has launched a great Twitter data visualization tool called ‘Ecosphere’ in support of the COP17 climate change conference in Durban, which starts this week. The site picks up every tweet tagged with the #COP17 hashtag and uses them to stimulate growth in a plant or tree in the Ecosphere that represents a certain topic, such as sustainability.

The Ecosphere constantly listens to the global conversation on Twitter and every new tweet tagged with hashtag #COP17 is brought into the
environment, scanned for keywords and then grouped with similar contributions, connecting input from around the world, and building conversations within the dynamic environment.

It produces a lush 3D environment that allows you to explore, view content up close or zoom out to observe the visualisation as a whole. It is beautifully distracting.

The Ecosphere will culminate in Durban with an installation piece at the COP17 Conference that renders this globe as a 3D holographic image.

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The Hidden Cost of RED Epic and Digital Cinema

The Hidden Cost of RED Epic and Digital Cinema | MediaMentor | Scoop.it

Since its release, the RED Epic has been pumping out tons of test footage, chart samples and eye candy on Vimeo. It has also been busy shooting well-known features like the Spiderman reboot and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.

But while the camera stands to improve on its predecessor, the RED one, in both technology and price, there is a cost hidden within the complex circuitry and 5K sensor of the camera.

This isn’t the cost of time or quality — it equates to real money — so if you’re stretching your budget thin already, you might want to pay attention.

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Keystone XL delay boosts prospect for completing Mackenzie pipeline, new premier says

Keystone XL delay boosts prospect for completing Mackenzie pipeline, new premier says | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
The delay of the contentious Keystone XL pipeline is good news for the Northwest Territories in its decades-long bid to get a natural gas pipeline built, its new premier believes.
Bob McLeod, a former industry minister who was appointed premier last month under the territory’s cooperative style of government, has spent much of his career pushing for the Mackenzie Valley gas pipeline. His territory needs it now more than ever.

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The government is near its federally imposed debt limit, facing an infrastructure crunch and is anxious for a deal on “devolution,” which would hand province-like control over resources and land down from Ottawa.

In short: the NWT needs cash, and a massive pipeline would be a boon.

Gas prices have sunk, however, and left the long-simmering project in peril. A long-time bureaucrat in the industry ministry before entering politics four years ago, Mr. McLeod remains an unrelenting believer in the project and has long been a pitchman for it. He travels to energy summits across the continent. His ministry has spent more than $250,000 in travel since he took office four years ago, a shade behind the premier’s office and far ahead of any other ministry, government disclosure documents show.

These days, he believes Keystone XL will boost the case for Mackenzie because the same environmental concerns will trip up domestic natural gas production in the United States, leaving the country anxious for gas from his shovel-ready pipeline.

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Bolivia Under Evo Morales Review of Jeffery Webber, From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia: Class Struggle, Indigenous Liberation and the Politics of Evo Morales

Bolivia Under Evo Morales Review of Jeffery Webber, From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia: Class Struggle, Indigenous Liberation and the Politics of Evo Morales | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
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Bolivia Under Evo Morales

Sunday, 27 November 2011 15:01
By Sarah Hines

Review of Jeffery Webber, From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia: Class Struggle, Indigenous Liberation and the Politics of Evo Morales (Chicago: Haymarket, 2011).

Bolivia has been on forefront of challenges to neoliberalism in Latin America and the Global South, and stands out for the level of autonomy and power achieved by its social movements.

Of all the left-leaning governments elected to office in recent years in Latin America, the 2006 election of Evo Morales, head of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party, most clearly resulted from popular struggle from below. Among the so-called "pink tide" governments, Bolivia has been deemed by critics and proponents alike to be among the most radical. Just a few months after Morales took power, The Economist, referring to Morales and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, declared that, "A specter has arisen [in Latin America], one of anti-American leftist nationalism."

Leftists have looked to these governments as beacons of hope and evidence that it is possible to successfully challenge neoliberalism and imperialism at a time when war and economic crisis are ravaging the lives of poor and working people around the globe. Morales's election was especially inspiring due to the fact that he is the first indigenous president of an overwhelmingly indigenous country and has called out developed countries for their environmental crimes.

While there has been active debate among Bolivian leftists about what position to take toward the MAS party and Morales government, leftists outside Bolivia often see their role as supporting and celebrating rather than deeply understanding the rise of Morales and the MAS. In From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia, Jeffery Webber challenges the international left to look more critically at what the rise of the MAS and the first term of the Morales government represent for struggles against oppression and planetary destruction. The book offers an accessible introduction to the trajectory of Bolivian political developments since 2000, and undertakes a deeper analysis of social, political and economic change and continuity than is found in most progressive writing on Bolivia.

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A Chinese Peace Prize Names This Year’s Winner. Ummm, Vladimir Putin? - Global Spin

A Chinese Peace Prize Names This Year’s Winner. Ummm, Vladimir Putin?   - Global Spin | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
Guess who is this year’s messenger of peace? Why it’s Vladimir Putin.

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In September, an obscure Chinese cultural organization revealed the finalists for the second annual Confucius Peace Prize, an award that suddenly popped out of nowhere last year after imprisoned Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. The first Confucius Peace Prize, which was ridiculed as a clumsy attempt to divert attention from the fact that the world's most famous peace prize had just gone to a jailed Chinese dissident, went to Lien Chan, a veteran Taiwan politician. Taiwan's former Vice President didn't even know he had won, and in a very curious ceremony a couple days later, a confused-looking little girl picked up the award in his stead.

But it was only after this year's finalists were announced that the Confucius Peace Prize got really wacky. First the Chinese Ministry of Culture said that, ahem, it had nothing to do with the award, even though the organizers—including a poet named Qiao Damo, who nominated himself as one of the 2010 finalists—implied it did. The ministry went on to disband the cultural organization that was sponsoring the prize. Some people assumed that meant the wannabe Nobel would quietly fade away.

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Google offers rare peek into Web searches | Reuters

Google offers rare peek into Web searches | Reuters | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
REUTERS - Google Inc offered a detailed glimpse into its secret process of ranking Internet websites on Monday, publishing for the first time a list of recent tweaks to its closely guarded search algorithm.
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2011 Hugo Awards, Hugo Awards Worldcon on USTREAM video

2011 Hugo Awards:Hugo Awards recorded on USTREAM.
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Study: More women, traditional media are blogging

Study: More women, traditional media are blogging | MediaMentor | Scoop.it

The blogosphere -- arguably the first engine of the new-media age -- is becoming more female, while traditional media is horning in on the blogging action, a new study said Friday."It's healthy and it's mature," said Shani Higgins, CEO of Technorati Media, about the state of the blogosphere. "It's becoming more and more blurred with traditional media: Every traditional media source has a blog and is using a blog to create communities around their topics and articles."

Among the findings in the Technorati "State of the Blogosphere 2011" study: More women -- or fewer men -- are blogging, although men still are in the majority at 59%, down from 64% last year, Higgins said.

The annual Technorati study, released Friday at the BlogWorld & New Media Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center, is regarded as the blogging industry's standard-bearer and a measuring stick of its explosive growth over the past decade. The expo is the first and only industry-wide trade show promoting new media, organizers said.

"It cannot be stressed enough that blogs are still the center of the social-media universe," said Rick Calvert, co-founder and CEO of the expo. Of course, Facebook and Twitter might disagree.

Traditional media outlets have been trying to leverage the popularity of blogs to enhance their brands, Higgins said.

"Go to the websites of The New York Times and CNN, any of them. Blogging is a huge component of what is happening," Higgins said. "They are bridging the gap between opinion and real-time happenings.

Traditional media see blogs as an opportunity to communicate in a more conversational voice, she said. Those outlets maintain ethical and professional standards in their online postings, but their blogs do "get to be edgy," Higgins said.

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The Story of the Gaddafi Story

The Story of the Gaddafi Story | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
How news of the Libyan leader’s demise spread on Twitter... Earlier this morning news began to spread that something major was happening in Libya. At first it seemed that a convoy, likely belonging to those loyal to former leader Moammar Gaddfi, was under attack in/near Sirte. This was where his loyalists were holed up. Was Gaddafi there too? No one knew. But soon reports emerged that he may have been captured. For a few hours, no one was clear on what had happened. Gaddafi captured, said some. Gaddafi injured and captured, or maybe just injured, said others. Then: Gaddafi dead.

We know now that Gaddafi was injured and captured and he died. We still don’t know the details of how it all happened, when exactly it happened, or how it happened. Speculation about those details is already running rampant.

This was not a case of news organizations getting it wrong, as happened with the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and other people earlier this year. Nevertheless, today’s news offers a case study in how news breaks, shifts, conflicts, and is eventually confirmed. It’s also interesting to see how different news organizations chose to share and source the information on Twitter. My Storify below attemptes to tell a story of this story.

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NWT MINING HERITAGE SOCIETY - Faces of Mining

NWT MINING HERITAGE SOCIETY - Faces of Mining | MediaMentor | Scoop.it

The NWT Mining Heritage Society maintains a large collection of photographs documenting the places and faces of mining in the NWT and Nunavut from the 1930s to the present, and we are showcasing a select number of them here in search of your assistance! To honour the men and women who worked for the mining industry and lived in its camps, we want to identify the people in our photographs so that they will be remembered for generations.

So to all those former workers and their families, we seek your help. Browse our galleries below and email us the names of anyone you remember! Each gallery is divided by mining project and each photograph is numbered for easy reference. Thanks for your help and we look forward to hearing from you! info@nwtminingheritage.com

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The Associated Press cautions staffers on retweeting

The Associated Press cautions staffers on retweeting | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
Reporters for major media outlets who also tweet commonly include a disclaimer in their Twitter profiles stipulating that retweets do not equal endorsements.
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FotoPelaPaz Youth Media Project | Children, Equity, and Development

FotoPelaPaz Youth Media Project | Children, Equity, and Development | MediaMentor | Scoop.it

In summer 2010, 15 students from the New School's Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA), located in New York, the United States, travelled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to work on various media and human rights projects in favela communities around the city. One of them is the FotoPelaPaz Youth Media Project, which used photography as a tool in Complexo da Maré and sound exploration as a tool in Nova Holanda, one of the 17 communities that together comprise the favela of Complexo da Maré, to introduce human rights and child rights themes to the participants. The project sought to give the children and youth a new way of voicing their opinion and show a different image of their lives and their communities than the image often portrayed my mainstream media in Brazil.

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Fuji’s Upcoming Mirrorless Camera May Pack a Revolutionary Organic Sensor

Fuji’s Upcoming Mirrorless Camera May Pack a Revolutionary Organic Sensor | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
If you're a fan of Fujifilm's X100 and X10, then you might want to brace yourself: the company's next camera might be the one mirrorless camera to rule them all. Fujifilm's upcoming mirrorless camera ...
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The Sketchbook of Susan Kare, the Artist Who Gave Computing a Human Face | NeuroTribes

The Sketchbook of Susan Kare, the Artist Who Gave Computing a Human Face | NeuroTribes | MediaMentor | Scoop.it

The challenge of designing a personal computer that “the rest of us” would not only buy, but fall crazy in love with, however, required input from the kind of people who might some day be convinced to try using a Mac. Fittingly, one of the team’s most auspicious early hires was a young artist herself: Susan Kare.

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Kare’s first assignment was developing fonts for the Mac OS. At the time, digital typefaces were monospaced, meaning that both a narrow I and a broad M were wedged into the same bitmapped real estate — a vestigial legacy of the way that a typewriter platen advances, one space at a time. Jobs was determined to come up with something better for his sleek new machine, having been impressed by the grace of finely wrought letterforms in calligraphy classes he audited at Reed College, taught by the Trappist monk Robert Palladino, a disciple of master calligrapher Lloyd Reynolds. (The lasting impact of Reynolds’ instruction can also be seen in the playful cursive of the seminal West Coast Beat poets Gary Snyder and Philip Whalen, making Reynolds and Palladino the human hyperlinks between desktop publishing and Jack Kerouac’s Dharma Bums.)

For the Mac, Kare designed the first proportionally spaced digital font family that allowed text to breathe as naturally on the Mac’s white screen as it does in the pages of a book. The distinctive Jobs touch was upgrading the original monikers of these elegant typefaces from the names of train stations near Philadelphia — like Rosemont and Ardmore — to those of world-class cities like Geneva, Chicago, and New York.

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There was an ineffably disarming and safe quality about her designs. Like their self-effacing creator — who still makes a point of surfing in the ocean several mornings a week — they radiated good vibes. To creative innovators in the ’80s who didn’t see themselves as computer geeks, Kare’s icons said: Stop stressing out about technology. Go ahead, dive in!

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In time for the holiday season, Kare has self-published her first book, Susan Kare Icons,

http://www.kareprints.com/?p=691 with copies signed by the artist available on her website. A modified version of this essay serves as the introduction, though the hand-drawn icons seen here are not included in the book.

I asked Kare if she had any feeling at the time that the work she was doing at Apple 30 years ago would be so pervasively influential. ”You can set out to make a painting, but you can’t set out to make a great painting,” she told me. “If you look at that blank canvas and say, ‘Now I’m going to create a masterpiece’ — that’s just foolhardy. You just have to make the best painting you can, and if you’re lucky, people will get the message.”

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Several Vacancies, BBC World Service Trust, Sierra Leone - including Radio Producer and Trainer

JOB VACANCIES in Kenema

The BBC World Service Trust (BBC WST) is the international development agency of the BBC, using media and communications to improve people’s lives. The BBC WST is running a 3 year skills development project which will promote radio to build awareness and improve the technical capacities of farmers working in the cocoa sector in Eastern Sierra Leone. The BBC WST is now recruiting for 4 new positions to work at our field office in Kenema. These are all national positions offered on 12 month contracts and come with competitive local terms and conditions.
The four positions are;

• Project Officer –supporting the Livelihoods Programme Manager in planning and co-ordinating the project,

• Finance and Administration Officer – responsible for financial management and administration of the Kenema office,

• Radio Producer and Trainer – delivering a range of radio production and training outputs with Eastern Radio,

• Driver – to drive the project vehicle and ensure the safety of project and partner staff in the vehicle.
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short haul - Call for audio works - experimental radio drama & sound art & documentary

short haul - Call for audio works - experimental radio drama & sound art & documentary | MediaMentor | Scoop.it

Deutschlandradio Kultur, a national public culture radio channel in Germany, is starting a new series. "Kurzstrecke" (short haul) is a joint project by the producers of Freispiel (experimental radio drama), Klangkunst (sound art), ...
Interesting call from Germany's national broadcaster. I can think of quite a number of Radia shows which would fit nicely into this environment, once they are chopped down to the required length... Here is the link: http://www.dradio.de/aktuell/1601309/

Deutschlandradio Kultur, a national public culture radio channel in Germany, is starting a new series. "Kurzstrecke" (short haul) is a joint project by the producers of Freispiel (experimental radio drama), Klangkunst (sound art), and Feature (documentary) on Deutschlandradio Kultur.
We support radio dramas that seek new forms of narration, sound art pieces that make noises speak, and artistic documentaries that bring multi-faceted stories to the radio. All this is being produced in the "classic" one-hour format, but also in shorter forms that are nimble enough to break fresh ground and leave stylistic boundaries behind. We will start presenting such audio miniatures in April 2012 on every last Monday of the month at 0:05 h CET (including one re-run a few days later). Therefore:

We are calling for innovative, timely, radiophonic audio pieces. We will select the most interesting submissions, and present them on our monthly late show "Kurzstrecke".

The pieces should be:
- no longer than 20 minutes
- not yet broadcast on German public radio
- previously unreleased on CD
- we accept pieces made available for download as wav files (no aiff or mp3, please) or on CD
- the selected pieces will be bought for two broadcasts. All rights remain with the authors.
- foreign language pieces should be intelligible for German listeners without translation.

Please send your submissions to:
Deutschlandradio Kultur
Abt. Hörspiel / Wortproduktion
Hans-Rosenthal-Platz 1
10825 Berlin
Germany

or send the soundfiles via e-mail to:
Barbara Gerland / Freispiel / Radio Drama (barbara.gerland[at]dradio.de) or
Marcus Gammel / Klangkunst / Sound Art (marcus.gammel[at]dradio.de) or
Ingo Kottkamp / Feature / Documentary (ingo.kottkamp[at]dradio.de)


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Flickr: The Images of Canada's North Pool

Flickr: The Images of Canada's North Pool | MediaMentor | Scoop.it

Please post images from the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik and Labrador only please.
Activity in the group is automatically fed via RSS to http://twitter.com/Northern_Clips 

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Who are Canada’s best J-tweeters? | Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

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Who are Canada’s best J-tweeters?

That’s a question I attempt to answer. But I’ll need other people’s help to do a really, really good job.

Anthony De Rosa https://plus.google.com/u/0/106532684826293540578/posts asked Saturday afternoon about the best J-tweeters in Canada http://twitter.com/#!/AntDeRosa/status/135450748896018432  in the sense of making the best use of Twitter as a journalistic medium.

I’ll throw some names and handles out there. I’m focusing on anglos with national profile. These are in no particular order. Plug in their handles on Twitter to see their current stats.

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Here’s some quick rules based on those I didn’t add to my list:

- Be a regular tweeter.

- Don’t just amplify your existing work or otherwise simply use Twitter as a promotional tool. Use Twitter as a news medium in itself.

- Follow and engage with people other than fellow journalists and other insiders.

- Let me know who you are. Be as authentic as you can be.

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The Trials & Tribulations of Field Recording Audio – A Beginner's Guide ...

The Trials & Tribulations of Field Recording Audio – A Beginner's Guide ... | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
Sonic Fields. Audio Field Recorder's Blog. Skip to content. ← The Trials & Tribulations of Field Recording – A Beginner's Guide Part I ...

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Orwell Rolls In His Grave 2004 Documentary On The Power Of Corporate Media In The Usa

Full length video @ 1:43:41

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A Reading List for Future Journalists

A Reading List for Future Journalists | MediaMentor | Scoop.it

We asked some of our favorite journalists, scholars, and critics to recommend books and other works that could help the next generation of reporters become better observers, storytellers, and thinkers. Here is an edited list of the titles they suggested. For full lists from each recommender, click here.

http://www.cjr.org/behind_the_news/reading_list.php

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Political Outsiders Turn to Microblog Campaigns in China

Political Outsiders Turn to Microblog Campaigns in China | MediaMentor | Scoop.it
In elections stacked in favor of the Communist Party’s candidates, the ability of independents to whip up online sentiment for change appears to be what most worries officials.
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Journalists Don't Like Being Told How to Retweet

Hell hath no fury like a journalist who can't freely retweet. The Associated Press is facing a wave of backlash today following the release of its new guidelines for Twitter usage.
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Engaging Boys and Men in Gender Transformation: The Group Education Manual | Development Classifieds

Engaging Boys and Men in Gender Transformation: The Group Education Manual | Development Classifieds | MediaMentor | Scoop.it

In many settings, men and boys may learn that being a “real man” means being strong and aggressive and having multiple sexual partners. They may also be conditioned not to express their emotions and to use violence to resolve conflicts in order to maintain their “honor.” Changing how we raise and view men and boys is not easy, but it is a necessary part of promoting healthier and more equitable communities...From EngenderHealth's ACQUIRE project and Promundo, this is an educational manual for working with men to question non-equitable views about masculinity and develop more positive attitudes to prevent unhealthy behaviours that put them and their partners and families at risk. It can also be used to train facilitators who will implement workshop activities with groups of men.

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This manual is a compilation of the most frequently used activities from two educational curricula: Promundo’s Program H Manual and EngenderHealth’s Men As Partners (MAP) Manual. It has been adapted for use with groups of men and with mixed groups in such diverse settings as schools, youth clubs, military settings, and community groups all over the world, including in Botswana, Brazil, Ghana, India, Kenya, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Click here for the 358-page resource in PDF format.

http://www.comminit.com/clickthru/28a45db29b5e1ecb0544cea903b783ba?node=9283015

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