episode 22. drishti media & video volunteers

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Locations: Ahmedabad, India
Tags: citizen journalism, video volunteers, DRISHTI Media, Arts & Human Rights , stalin k, jessica mayberry, kavita das gupta, siddharth chadha, community media, participatory culture
Music: leaving you behind, Hermann & Kleine
About: the journey into understanding participatory culture doesn't start with digital technology. the study of participatory culture should arise from the understanding that one shoe doesn't fit all. since my time in ahmedabad, i've come to see drishti and video volunteers as the premier example of interactivity between online/offline, between old media/new media, between bitching and getting things done. the prime directive should not exist on earth. if we truly care about a participatory society, we must embrace tools as forms of technology and work hard to impart their use among all.

i hope you check out more of video volunteers work.

Hey Noel-
Very cool that you got to meet up with Video Volunteers. I've been interested in their work for a while now. Anyways, love your videos and look forward to seeing more of them. I'm currently planning on coming to New York in Feb/March to do some research on a media org called Chat the Planet and their latest project called Hometown Baghdad http://www.hometownbaghdad.com. So maybe if you are around we can meet up for some tea or coffee.
Good luck with the rest of your journey. xo, Megumi

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