Archive for February, 2005

Micro-radio talk

Monday, February 28th, 2005

The participatory media reading group at the University of Illinois will host a talk by Pete Tridish of the Prometheus Radio Project on March 8, at 4:30pm. Prometheus Radio Project is a collective of radio activists that serves as a micro-radio resource center and public interest advocate on micro-radio issues. ...

Dissecting the blogosphere

Monday, February 28th, 2005

Tim Bray disagreed with Stephen Downes but I found his suggestion of integrating FOAF into RSS feeds as a means to get beyond the single 'blogosphere' model intriguing. I'm not sure it's the best solution, or even particularly workable, but it is an attempt to get at the problems around ...

Innovative uses of spectrum

Sunday, February 27th, 2005

Courtesy of Prometheus's Stubblefield list I encountered this fascinating example of "the immense practical use of the electromagnetic spectrum, using low end technology to leverage an enormous benefit." In short outdoor an example of an outdoor concert in India that used radio transmitters and small speakers placed throughout the audience ...

The phone-in as radical media tool

Saturday, February 26th, 2005

The radio phone-in as radical access tool? In the midst of a piece about pirate/free radio the section tracing the autonomist/radical roots of the call-in (and referencing Brecht among many others) is intriguing. The piece comes from the Seizing the Airwaves handbook.

New weblog analysing participatory journalism

Saturday, February 26th, 2005

I just came, today, across an interesting new website, Unpacking my Library, run by an NYC Indymedia activist. It's focused on research on participatory journalism and already has some interesting posts. Definitely something that will be staying in my RSS reader. Speaking of readers, I can't speak highly enough of NewsFire. ...

TCD and cannabis

Saturday, February 26th, 2005

This is interesting. Students at TCD in Dublin have voted against having their Union push for TCD to become a 'safe' zone for consumption of cannabis

Global perspectives on community radio/media

Friday, February 25th, 2005

Community Radio has, of course, been extending in reach over the last decade or more (as noted in, for instance, UNESCO's World Communications Report) but this article gives an interesting overview of the differences in growth and emphasis in different areas globally. Of particular note is that some parts of ...

More on piracy

Friday, February 25th, 2005

I recently mentioned the objections some people have to the term piracy in the context of a piece on pirate radio. Of course the term is also used in relation to unauthorised/illegal copying of copyright material, as I mentioned in passing, and I've just encountered, once again, RMS's comments. I ...

BCI policy review briefing

Thursday, February 24th, 2005

The BCI held a policy review meeting last Monday and has now issued the notes from that meeting. There are some interesting points for anyone watching the future of broadcasting in Ireland. Among the major points: The BCI will undertake a consultation shortly on allowing exemptions from the 20% news/C.A. requirement.BCI ...

A Monument to Johnny Massacre?

Thursday, February 24th, 2005

Long time funferal readers will remember my post about the death of the Galway street entertainer Johnny Massacre. Now there are proposals (from Green Party councillor Niall Ó Brolcháin) to erect a monument in his memory at the spot he made his own. Street entertainment - buskers and others - ...