Well, there's just so much stuff coming through the Yahoo videoblogging group it boggles the mind. The mind inside my brain, which I keep in a small aquarium with a beautiful red beta and a snail.
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Lots of big media companies are now soliciting Citizen Journalism pieces.
It's great for them because it's free content and it's good for the Citizen Journalist becuase they can say that their report was shown on MSNBC for example.
But, they should at least pay something for a good video. At least put out the possibility that you might get paid something for being there at the right time. Maybe pay something in the range that current stringers get for video submissions. I don't even know what that might be, but it must be better than nothing.
Big media is laughing all the way to the bank with this kind of thing...
Posted by: Steve Garfield at Aug 20, 2005 3:16:03 AM
I have mixed feelings about that sort of thing.
Commercial media should pay something to citizens for content.
At the same time, I'd rather that kind of content be put out there for the public good, and have the motivation not be financial - you know what I mean? I'm not sure it's a good idea to create a little economy around being at the right place at the right time.
Posted by: Chuck at Aug 20, 2005 7:20:10 AM
It's only a matter of time before someone creates Church of the Vlog.
Come to think of it, I might attend.
Posted by: Tim at Aug 22, 2005 4:07:07 PM
I think we have a problem in our culture with money. We see it as kinof dirty, not as a form of praise for good work. If you put up a video and 10 people say, "hey that was great, I loved it", then we're cool, but if they each pay us $5 because they love it it's bad? Kinda weird. If we want to have a different kind of system, if the old one is to ever pass away, then we need to be compensated differently for doing non-traditional kinds of "jobs". In a way it sucks to need to get money for doing things you love, but in order to keep being able to do those things you need money.
I guess we need to change our attitude about money.
Also, I don't like the idea of money bloated networks laughing all the way to the bank, while the citizen contributers are just trying to scrape by.
Posted by: Lorika at Aug 23, 2005 12:21:01 PM
I'm still trying to hone in on what my fear is exactly...
I think it's something like this: CNN offers $$$ for all the best pictures/video from a subway disaster. And maybe Fox News offers $$ for the next best photos/video. So now those citizen journalists have money in their pocket, but the networks essentially own that disaster.
Maybe that's not a danger, if people keep capturing and uploading with a Creative Commons license, as happened with the definitive London bombing photo on Flickr/moblogUK.
People and companies make money off of exclusivity. The public good doesn't necessarily make money. When money enters into it, you're already playing by corporate money rules - and those rules are skewed toward them, not us. Sure an individual may make out well, but I worry that this will create an economy that keeps these images out of the public pool when their importance supercedes any ownership or dollar value.
But again, it's just my nagging fear and wouldn't necessarily become a problem. With the tsunami we saw images and video spreading like wildfire regardless of who owned it or where it came from. Copyright kind of goes out the window with something like that, and it's pretty hard to stop the network from distributing important images.
Posted by: Chuck at Aug 23, 2005 4:37:13 PM