Sue Basko 
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Re: “Occupy Oakland's Livestreamer Controversy

Live streaming is a tool and many things can be done with it. Some of the more professional streamers have chosen to conduct themselves as journalists. These streamers do not allow their choices to be controlled by the subjects, the people whose actions they are streaming. These streamers whose work is of professional journalistic quality may use the words "transparent," "truthful," or the newly coined "SunshineBloc."

Spencer Mills (@Oakfosho), Pirate, Lexica, TimPool (@TimCast), and some others conduct themselves as professional journalists. This means they will show the most interesting or appropriate thing happening in front of the camera.

About Pirate not showing the man burning the flag: A person who repeatedly burns a flag is a boring attention-seeker who wishes to call attention to himself, away from the protest. Burning a flag is an attempt to discredit an entire protest. People of this sort arrive at most protests, and most journalists are smart enough not to be engaged by it. This is part of the professional judgement of a journalist. After a journalist has been at enough protests to see the little flag-burning faction show up at the end, time and time again, they come to realize that to tell the story of the protest most accurately means to ignore the habitual attention-seeker who is not really part of the protest. Keep in mind these flag-burner types show up at most protests nationwide, use the same technique, and have been doing the same thing for decades. There is no meaning in it other than that the flag burners are trying to discredit the protest and the protesters. It's old hat, everyone is onto the trick.

A journalist DOES make choices. However, most journalists will film a crime taking place in front of their camera. Tim Pool was filming when people ran up in front of his camera and let air out of the police car tires. Tim did not chase them down to film them -- they chose to do this in front of his camera. It was their choice to be on camera.

There is NO REASON why any journalist should be complicit in anyone's crime or wrongdoing -- whether the wrongdoing is a protester throwing a bottle or a police officer beating a protester. A journalist is there to journal, to record what is happening. YES - a journalist makes choices. A live streamer makes many editorial choices on the fly. The best live streamers seek out the most important things to show, according to their best educated, experienced judgement. There are reasons the best live streamers have worldwide followings.

TRUST is a big word. We trust news reporters if we feel they are telling the truth. Those live streamers dedicated to truth have earned the trust of people worldwide.

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Posted by Sue Basko on 03/16/2012 at 1:02 PM

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