Six Pixels of Separation - The Blog
December 16, 2011 8:42 PM

We The Media

Everything you say (and do) is being recorded and will be judged in the court of public opinion.

Put aside how you feel both politically and philosophically about the Occupy Wall Street movement and take a few minutes to watch this video (please note: there is some language, so this may not be safe for work)...

Did you notice:

  • Everyone is recording everything - in images, audio and video.
  • The cameras are everywhere.
  • The cameras are not just filming the protest, they are filming the police too.
  • The reporter who winds up getting physical with the police officer has his credentials out in plain sight.
  • The reporter then leverages the social media channels to tell his story.

Who is right? Who is wrong?

This isn't a question of ethics, legalities or scruples. What you are seeing is not only the power of New Media and Social Media, but the power of the platform. This recording was posted just a few moments after it occurred. How long do you think it will be until we're able to stream this (in HD and without buffering issues) live and in real time? We're close. Almost there. Personally, all I could think about when seeing this video for the first time was George Orwell's infamous book, 1984 (as a side note: do you notice how militarized the law enforcement officers look?). The only difference between this and 1984 is that the public has the cameras... we're the ones recording everything.  

We the people? How about we the media.

By Mitch Joel