The Unimportance Of Physics (Or How To Shoot A Bullet Around CNN)
Over the weekend I went with a friend of mine to see Jolie’s new flick “Wanted”.
It wasn’t Wall-E but it was delicious in it’s own way.
All action, violence, curse words and Angelina’s ass.
It was over the top, made no sense 15 minutes after you walked out of the theater and impossible in a ‘no way in hell” way.
But it didn’t matter.
It was still cool as fuck.
When I stopped writing this blog regularly I spent a lot of time looking for projects. Dipping my toe here and there.
And chasing women who wore skirts.
Then I got an email from Ankit of Instablogs that went something like this.
“I have a small company in India, very little money and I want to build an international news organization to rival CNN… And we want it not just something people read on the web but also in their local papers and watch on their phones.”
Ankit wanted to curve bullets.
Now that sounded just impossible enough to be interesting.
So between shooting video of my homies, I went to work with Ankit (and his brilliant team in India) to create the future.
What we did was took regular folks from around the world and empowered them.
We let them tell the stories going on in their neighborhood, city or country to us. We then find video to back them up (if they don’t shoot any) and throw it online in a daily video format for your computer or phone.
In a world where mainstream media are cutting international coverage we are expanding it.
How cool is that?
We have tons of kinks to work out.
It’s a logistical nightmare.
The English in some countries is sometimes hard to understand.
It’s always interesting to see what other people think is important.
And audio quality sucks a lot of the time.
But it doesn’t matter.
Today we held a Press Conference in India.
All the media was there (btw, India has a lot of media). Many of the journalists stood with their mouths open as we explained how we have ‘citizen journalists’ filing video reports from all over the world, everyday.
It’s amazing what individuals can do.
We still have 99 more hoops to jumps through.
But it doesn’t matter.
We’re learning to curve bullets.
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