Friday, August 05, 2005

I'm in TIME!

I'm in TIME!
Originally uploaded by Insurgent.
Laura Locke recently interviewed me about Current for TIME. I picked up a copy recently and find the article to be quite balanced and reveals how Al Gore's station's success is pending on carriage through Rupert Murdoch's Direct TV. Well done Laura!
And although Current promised to hire hundreds of digital correspondents, contributors must now sign on as free-lancers, who get neither salary nor benefits. In frustration with Current's tight controls, Josh Wolf, 23, a filmmaker and volunteer organizer for Current's San Francisco "meet-up group," at which digital artists view and critique one another's videos, launched his own alternative to Current. Called the Rise Up Network, the collective of video makers is creating a website on which anyone can feature his or her own videos. "A lot of people feel disaffected," he says.

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At 12:35 PM, Blogger david bobrow said...

I swear Josh, you need an agent.

At 6:20 PM, Blogger Enric said...

Here's the link to the article on the time website:,9171,1088722,00.html


At 10:52 AM, Blogger R said...

The mainstream media is starting to take notice. Bloggers won't let hype go unchecked. Thanks for being true and honest to your principles by being critical of the world around you and not just feeding into the Current TV hype without questioning it.

At 9:44 AM, Blogger bloodshot and half-blind said...

rock on! thats fabulous!! congratulations!

At 1:47 PM, Blogger Enric said...

boingboing posted a relevant critique of, Here's an excerpt:
BB pal Douglas Rushkoff, whose new book Get Back In The Box: Innovation from the Inside Out comes out in December, lays out why he thinks Al Gore's Current TV was a missed opportunity. Doug participated in some of the first brainstorming sessions for Current TV and he's disappointed with what it evolved into. From his blog entry:

I've never raised money, never done a multi-million-dollar project, never had to deal with investors. But television is a powerful force - a powerful medium. A very strong flavor to bring into the recipe.

But it's also *last* century's big medium. It's not the best platform for a participatory media movement. And so the priorities of the project, understandably, shifted to the priorities of TV: looking cool, creating an aspirational culture, and so on....

At 5:56 PM, Anonymous deeplypurple said... blog...good luck with your station. I you need some good sites to check out...go to and click on their Activism & Info page. Very good links there and one of my favorite bands. They are a great group of guys and do sooo much for the good of the people through their music


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