By placing their own content on a 'cloud' server, Occupy Wall
Street encampments can create a universal video, audio, and image
database that all can use to create individual messages.
Amid the rumbling backdrop of incessant drumming in the 450-tent
strong encampment here, Lisa Clapier is demonstrating the newest,
high-tech tool that some in the Occupy Wall Street movement say may
finally help them unify their message worldwide.
On her humming laptop in the media tent, Ms. Clapier navigates to
StudioOccupy.org where activists have placed 17 pages (so far) of
stamp-sized, clickable links, each taking the user to videos,
images, or audio uploaded by participants. Some are of live
demonstrations in New York or Los Angeles, others are personalized
messages of solidarity by random supporters (or celebrities such as
Deepak Chopra), others are merely photographs of protesters having
Think YouTube, but better, say its fans.
"This is amazing," says Clapier, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles
Occupiers. "Now every single person can become their own storyteller
with their own cell phone or webcam. They can upload and edit their
own content and have it be shared with all the other occupiers
around the planet."
By placing all their own content on a "cloud" server - with
unlimited storage space that all can access - various encampments
can create a universal video, image, and audio database that all can
use to create individual messages, using other's footage as well as
their own. Users can create "call outs" - wish lists of footage
needed with specific content and specific dates - and will
eventually be able to find the return submissions by typing in key
words such as "pepper spray," "chanting," or "police on horseback."
After three months of beta-testing, the new platform was unveiled
Tuesday. Soon to come are complete editing banks and tutorials that
teach users how to edit, splice, and mix images and sound.
"This is such an advance over the old way, it's hard to explain,"
says Lee Jon Taylor, considered one of Occupy L.A.'s best editors.
"I used to have to call people and ask if they had any footage of
this and that, and then get permission from them to access their
hard drives. Some of them didn't want to do that, and the process
was so cumbersome."
Mr. Taylor and Clapier say the advantages are a quantum leap over
such current sites such as YouTube, because the clips can be longer,
can be labeled and cross referenced more easily, and the individual
shooter retains copyrights.
"This is the first, truly free media," says Taylor.
The new platform has been donated by Citizen Global, a Venice,
Calif.-based firm that creates ways for businesses to communicate
with their customers.
"[Citizen Global CEO] Steven Starr is betting his reputation on
this as a true gift because he supports the movement politically,
ideologically, and spiritually, " says Occupy L.A. project
coordinator, Jeff Vander Clute.
One of Citizen Global's existing applications has long been used
by Hollywood film studios to put out pleas for various kinds of
content footage, such as home movies and old photographs for use in
major motion pictures. …