While we all know at the back of our minds that media don’t die just because new ones surface, I think TV is quite dead for me. My machine sits pathetically in the corner of my living room waiting for a kind soul to give it a good dust, much less hit the switch for a good startup. And it’s died because I’m hours on end at the laptop, and I do everything around it. I wake up for breakfast and my computer is on, I have lunch in front of the computer while I type this, I watch DVDs on my laptop, and then there’s YouTube, which flirts with you just about 23 hours of your day. Today I thought about all the news that I know of from online sources – and I think “I never knew that much before there was The Age online, or The New York Times, or YouTube! So what happened?

I think it’s got to do with online news is able to be an effective pull medium. I find myself completely turned off by the fact that 1/8th of the news I watch on TV is irrelevant to me, and those I think are useful are quite hyped up and sensationalized. I also need some niche news that I can’t get on television. For example, I’m a design junkie, and i don’t see much news on design or designers on TV. So I turn to the blogs, and on my RSS I get the exact type of news I want, if irrelevant, i simply don’t need to read it. there are tonnes of hyperlinks that lead me to exterior information by other bloggers, or YouTube links.

Here’s an example:

I read on Apartment Therapy about the most expensive residence in the world. Following that trend of thought, I coninued to click on other links within the article, and found myself on a forbes feature of Mukesh Ambani, whom at 50 years old is one of Asia’s richest man. After googling his name I find more about him on Wiki and also a YouTube news feature on him and his decadent home.

Now that’s what I think makes news: when you are able to connectively find resources through hyperlinking.

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I watched The Story of The Weeping Camel on SBS this week. It’s a story about the nomadic Mongolian life, told through their cattle trade, especially the camels. For the nomadic Mongolians, the cattle are very integral to their lives – other than being very hardy animals for moving around, I think it actually defines some form of repute. I love the part when the two younger boys of the tribe took a long camel journey into the city. For the younger kid he was introduced to the television for the very first time and watched cartoons with the other city children, he was immediately captivated by that contraption that connection him to the world.

This doco comes with a great website (click link above), I like how it complements the linear format – I found out about the doco through the website and then watched it on FTA, now I come back to the site again and find myself completely drawn to the Mongolian culture and history.

This morning, I literally sprung out of bed today with an idea for a photo documentary. It’s not an entirely fresh thought, rather a culmination of a series of little ideas that have been swimming around in my head for some time. I’ve always been fascinated by the Melbourne CBD – the fact that it is a melting pot of colors, sounds, textures… and that the people in it make it so fascinatingly unique. I always think of each person walking along the street as a brushstroke on canvas, each stroke contributing to an eventual big picture. The people that make up these streets continue to keep me curious, each one a unique character I wish I knew a little more about.

For Transient Spaces, we are to create a documentary or a space that features a community. And I’ve had an idea for a while now that I’d want to feature the people who use the Melbourne CBD, except I didn’t know how (which medium) and why I’d actually want to do it. Today however, I realize that these people pass each other, they probably want to know a little about each other but they never have the guts or the time (or maybe they are all just in their right minds and minding their own businesses) to go up to the other person to kickstart a conversation. So I think I shall be mediator here. I’ve decided that the Melbourne CBD community would create something for themselves: exquisite corpse style.

My choice of documentary medium would be the Nikon FM2 loaded with T-Max 100. The concept is to profile various type of people that I meet on the streets of the CBD, and as I approach them I will get them to write a line for a poem. The next person I meet will take continue the poem by adding another line to it or could start a new one.

It’s all experimental, so I don’t know if it will work – I start tomorrow so lets see how it goes!

Iraqi Kurdistan

May 12, 2008

Ed Kashi’s photodocumentary, “Iraqi Kurdistan”, illustrates in a series of multiple still images, the Kurdish day-to-day living. Kashi’s photography humanizes Iraq and effaces our media-fed cognitions of the conflict-torn country. It’s an interesting new convention in documentary and photo-documentary making, great idea, love it.

11.30 mins, no commercials.
So much better than TV.
Why am I even comparing it to TV??

Iraqi Kurdistan