December 8th, 2008
A griot (pronounced /g?i.??/ in English or [??i.o] in French, with a silent t) or jeli (djeli or djéli in French spelling) is a West African poet, praise singer, and wandering musician, considered a repository of oral tradition. – Wikipedia
Also an emerging tag for describing the ongoing protest in Athens over a 16 year old being shot to death at point blank range by Athens policemen.
Being used on Flickr, blogs, and Twitter and the meta del.icio.us. Not being used by the corporate media (aside: the trailing ‘s’ is lexically significant, classic stemming does not work on tags)
Does anyone know how and where this tag emerged?
Clearly the next evolution in participatory media (and the only type with a future) is figuring out what the tools to discover, distribute and broadcast these meta-media collaborative objects. Who is thinking and writing about this?
Photo by murplejane
September 4th, 2004
Evan and Micah both have post NYC reflections.
Sustaining, Still Gaining
The traffic analysis still has to be done, and it wont be accurate, but we had probably a week where we sustained between 9 and 20 megabits/second, thats a LOT of traffic, literally millions of hits per day (at one point we did some rough caluclations and came up with between 1 and 5 million a day). What was interesting was that even the fabled “slashdot effect” was hardly even a noticable bump in our traffic.
Thoughts about the evolution of indymedia since 1999
The Indymedia network has added a new local IMC every 11 days.
The RNC Protests, Technology, and the infoline we setup
There has been an escalating struggle between protesters and police over communications and coordination during protests involving mass direct action. Our task is to help facilitate horizontal communication and information distribution to all the activists in the streets.
September 2nd, 2004
According to the Associated Press State Supreme Court Justice John Cataldo ordered the immediate release of 470 protestors being held illegally and fined the city $1,000 for every protester held past a 5 p.m. deadline.
“These people have already been the victims of a process,” state Supreme Court Justice John Cataldo told the city’s top lawyer. “I can no longer accept your statement that you are trying to comply.”
Or in the words of one judge
I have been here since 5:00 [2:30 hours] and only 20 people have been released. What is taking so long?!
January 12th, 2004
LAPD is seeking the fast track for new laws to ban face coverings, gas masks and even goggles at public demonstrations.
Why? Deputy Chief Mike Hillman says protestors are restricting the police’s ability to gain compliance, making them feel powerless and frustrated, and, according to Adena Tessler, public safety deputy for Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski:
Officers who are given the power to tell protesters to remove hoods [and gasmasks] probably would be less likely to throw bottles or engage in other illegal activities.
I fully support reducing the number of LAPD bottle throwing incidents. (via carl