aNewDomain.net—“You can say a story is fabricated. You can say a jury is corrupt. You can say a person is lying. You can say you don’t trust newspapers. But you can’t say what you just saw never happened.”
These are the introductory titles to a video compilation of human suffering presented by activist/musician Peter Gabriel, at the Ted Talk- 2006. He was there to talk about arming the world with cameras, a movement that evolved into an organization called Witness.
WITNESS.org defines advocacy as
“…a process that will bring about change in policies, law or people’s behavior. And we define “video advocacy” as using visual media as a targeted tool that will engage people to create change. Video advocacy is not about using video primarily for publicity or as an educational or training tool. It requires setting specific objectives, identifying target audiences, and developing a strategic plan for production and distribution to ensure the video has impact as a specific tactic within a broader strategy.”
Certainly Gabriel and the founders of witness.org were mainly talking about using cameras in the context of unspeakable human rights violations and our secular duty to ensure these atrocities aren’t buried and erased from the official story.
YouTube, Facebook, and Reddit are filled with shocking stories captured by smartphones.
There is a heightened state of alarm in the western world since 911, the London Bombing, and most recently the Boston Marathon. We’re more aware that when something is wrong you don’t pretend it didn’t happen because it’s on our doorstep. It has never been more important to choose to see things rather than look away.
We’re supplying local-news outlets with on-the-ground coverage of storm-damage, police-violations, child-abuse, car-accidents, and assaults. We are there.
We use our technology daily, several times an hour, thumbing an imaginative language with abbreviations. Your smartphone is a powerful tool ready to capture a story.
Witness.org says it’s time to snap out of the fog of electronic enmeshment. Turn the camera-phone away from yourself and make sure no one can say, that never happened and post your video to make the statement, ‘now do something about it’.
Witness.org has several tips on how to be the best witness.
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