Web 2.0, New Media, and the rise of the true Pirates!

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Hey all!

First off, I am sort of taking a day off from the computer as I have to get ready for the first visit from my mother to my new house. However, I do believe it is impossible for me to completely stay off the computer as long as I am home and it is turned on, but hey, that is the way it is, right?

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Now, on to business.

There is a lot to talk about today where media, and new media are concerned. The RIAA has not only won the first music sharing case to make it to court, but they won big. Things like this make me feel that we in New Media need to ramp things up a lot and make people aware of the alternatives to Old Media. Alternatives that will not end up ruining lives over entertainment.

I have been talking to a lot of others in the New Media and Web 2.0 Social Networking world, and a lot of the others also believe that it is time to start taking action. Not just whimpering, but chest clearing screams of action.

We have so much talent in the Web 2.0 and New Media world, we have to start using that talent to take the fight directly to the doorstep of old media. It is, for lack of a better word, a revolution. A well past due revolution at that.

I can’t believe that we have been so quiet for so long. We need to generate real publicity, pull stunts, get noticed. And once we are in their faces, stay there until we get our place in the hierarchy.

It has almost been like we know our places, and played nice by staying in our places. We have been supporting each other in our own little cocoons, dealing with the “conversation”, instead of sending clear statements of intent to the Old Media types. The statement? We are here, we are better, we are more creative, we are more relevant, and we are here to stay! Kumbaya time is over!

I am not saying we act like snotty kids standing up to our elders. I mean we need to act like what we are, the pirates! I don’t mean like sailing pirates of old, I mean like the pirate radio bunch. The people that risked to get new sounds and new ideas out.

I know we are not breaking laws, but we have a voice that can’t be silenced. We can, due to the nature of our platform which is the internet, say and do things that Old, or Mainstream Media cannot do. We are unregulated, we have talent, now lets find the fire for goodness sakes!

We live in a world where losers like Chris Crocker can scream about Britney Spears, call his grandmother stupid, and talk about screwing animals and his own brother, and he gets his own reality show deal and major TV coverage. He got this because he was loud, abrasive, and a freak. What can we accomplish if we start being more abrasive and loud, but combine that with our actual talents instead of freakishness.

New technologies are popping up every other second right now. We in the Web 2.0 Sphere, whether it be developers, users, or content creators need to use all of this and make a go at the mainstream world from all angles.

If freaks, lip syncing kids, furniture salesmen that can’t rap, and more can generate that kind of steam just from stupid and talentless Youtube videos, what excuse do we really have to still be so far underground?

I’m just saying.

Have a great day, and weekend for that matter.

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2 Responses

  1. While I certainly believe it’s time to really get the word about about new media, I don’t know if the dramatic, freak, flash attention thing is the right way to go about it. Most of these attention-getters tend to be very short-lived. They become very popular for a short period of time, then simply dissapear. YouTube has gotten the reputation of being only good for random freak-like content. There are only 4 or 5 video “series” of any significance on YouTube. I don’t want new media to be perceived as another short-fuse craze.

    In the same way, virtually ANYTHING that will bring attention to the wealth of new media is a good thing. More and more people know that podcasting, blogs, etc. exist. But, they don’t see it as an alternative to old media yet. I see this more and more as I explain new media to people. They still see it as a one-trick pony. Probably something that would be interesting once.

  2. Eban Crawford

    Hey Ed, thanks for stopping by!

    Now, I know this will seem a bit weird as I just wrote the piece in question, but I actually agree with you about not going the freakish and flash route.

    I was more pointing out that people that do those kinds of things online get way more attention than those of us in most forms of new media. There are exceptions of course.

    My view, or forming plan if you will, is to band together and get a laser focus on certain corners of the mainstream and old media and bombard them in some way so as we cannot help but be noticed. Once we achieve that, then doing things to make sure we are not forgotten while moving on to another target.

    It could be simple and silly things such as little stunts (I am more for clean stunts but to each his own), maybe call in campaigns where we get a group of producers to target certain call-in shows and such at certain times. The key would be to make it funny and memorable.

    Also, stepping up the education curve of those in the mainstream somehow. We are always havingPodcamps and meet-ups. What is we brought the talk to the public by booking a library talk or offering an evening on-off class at the local community colleges or education centers?

    Also, looking into other areas. I am working on two ideas that will help to bring New Media into the mindspace of big retail. One of the plans is a way to get real dollars into the pockets of podsafe musicians and even some podcasters.

    The plan is not something new. It is something I started working on a while back, but would have needed the support of “the powers that be”. Things have grown to the point where the support of anybody is no longer necessary. The cool thing about what I am thinking is that neither the artists or the podcasters would lose any “indie” cred.

    Now, just to work out the kinks and make it possible.

    Any ideas on how we can make our Pirate revolution work? I am open to all suggestions. Plus, I would love to hear what you have to say as you know I have nothing but the highest respect for what you have done in New Media so far.

    Thanks again for commenting!

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