Jim Long - Digital Media and Culture

Politician Generated Content

DC Media Maker and web 2.0 raconteur Jonny Goldstein files a report today from Capitol Hill, where House Subcommittee Chairman, Ed Markey, (D., MA) was holding a hearing on the “Future of Video”. Congressman Markey made “news” today by making media! Markey, accustomed to looking AT lenses, not THROUGH them, paid homage to the user generated content generation by hoisting a DV camera and shooting from the dais. His staff (presumably) posted the video on Youtube.

Based on the quality of the camerawork, lets just say that Markey maintaining his seat in the House, and I keeping my day job as a news cameraman are both good things. 😉

What’s interesting, and very meta, is that Jonny Goldstein was there recording the event and gives us the reverse angle!

Testifying before Markey’s committee were a who’s who of media heavy-hitters including Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube, Thomas S. Rogers of TiVo, Benjamin N. Pyne from Disney and ESPN Networks, Blake Krikorian of Sling Media and Mark Cuban, co-founder of HDNet.

For my assembled readers here in the metro DC area, Jonny will be at a meeting of the DC Media Makers tonight, and will show a clip or two of the hearing.

Ann Broache of CNET has a complete report of the hearing with some interesting atmospherics.

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