Some practical, tactical tips for livestreamers.

It’s here, in the palms of our hands, what military strategists and other organizers have dreamed about for millennia: instant, live, visual communications across any distance. People in ancient times used to consult oracles and pray to deities for the power that we now have in smartphones with livestreaming capability.

I’ve written elsewhere about how I think livestreaming video capability is game-changing in terms of social movements, so I won’t repeat it here, instead focusing on some ways to improve the quality and utility of the livestreams.

The streams I’ve watched range from excellent (shout-out to @Oakfosho), to unwatchable. We have to remember that we’re the eyes for the world. When people chant “The whole world is watching!”—they’re watching through us. Continue reading

A very cool article on rumor propagation and fact-checking in the twittersphere

The U.K. Guardian has this fascinating piece on the way “…misinformation corrects itself in open, unregulated forums. (The) initial source was a corpus of 2.6 million tweets provided by Twitter, all of which ‘related to’ the (London) riots by virtue of containing at least one of a series of hashtags.”

Once you’ve clicked through and watched the rumors run their course through the twittersphere, be sure to click on the link to see the thinking and process behind these interactive graphics. Because I don’t like all-text posts and because I want you to become intrigued enough to check out the story for yourself, here’s a static screenshot of the interactive.
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Occupy Wall Street Mockupation: reality gets weirder (and faster) all the time

Late last night in New York, the cop TV show “Law And Order: SVU” was apparently filming an episode in an Occupy-themed set, constructed in a NYC park, complete with tents, a kitchen and library. Occupy protesters got word of it, spread it through social networks and converged a flashmob on the set to disrupt the filming.

This movement is the passion and life of those who believe in it and its message. It’s something that people have fought for, believe in, suffered for, gone to jail for, been tear-gassed for and had their lives inspired and changed by. Continue reading

Occupy I-5 Tour, Day 5, De-Occupied Portland, Occupy Salem, Occupy Eugene

Friday, December 2nd, 2011
Occupy Portland

Occupy Salem
Occupy Roseburg on Facebook
Occupy Grants Pass on Facebook

(Temporarily) De-Occupied Portland
I began the drive south out of Portland with a visit to the two now-empty, tree-filled Lownsdale Square and Chapman Square in downtown Portland that housed Occupy Portland for 39 days. They’re lovely parks, but are now inaccessible, surrounded by the modular chainlink construction fencing that has recently begun to replace tents at many post-eviction Occupation sites.

Former site of Occupy Portland.

The original eviction notices were still taped to the light poles, offering “shelters and resources” to protesters, apparently without a trace of irony. Continue reading

Drone Journalism—Occupy Airspace

This is a wild ideas I was going to pursue in advance of Monday’s port shut down action. Since I won’t have time for it, I’m putting it out to the world to see if it “flies.”

We’ve got livestreaming, realtime video of most of our actions now, but imagine if we had it from a small, radio-controlled helicopter. Continue reading

“…an elitist voice against the [Occupy Oakland] movement for months.”

Gawd, I love internet trolls sometimes. I’ve been looking for a proper tagline for this site since I put it up. Today, the Occupy Oakland General Assembly voted on a proposal before it to rename Occupy Oakland, “Decolonize Oakland,” something I heartily opposed. Since I couldn’t get down there to vote against it (it failed anyway, getting only 68% yes), I was on Twitter retweeting anti-“Decolonize” sentiments and adding a few of my own. (See Twitter feed in sidebar.)

At one point an anonymous tweep leveled the above accusation at me. It was so good, I took it and made it all mine. It also started some good DM convos and gave others a good giggle.

I think that will be a theme here on Civilized Disobedience: to take others’ uncivilized sniping and make evolving taglines out of it. I already know what the next one will be, since I’ve already been called it by some mean chump from corporate media.

So, yeah, shit-sling away at me, punks. I need the comedy material.

Occupy I-5 Tour comes to an end at Day 7: Occupy Eureka, Occupy HSU

Sunday, December 4th
Occupy Eureka on Facebook
Occupy Arcata on Facebook
Occupy Humboldt (HSU)

Not exactly on the I-5 tour, since the last leg home is on Hwy 101 through Northern California, but I stopped off last night in Arcata to stay with a friend. On this frosty, quiet morning I made quick visits to Occupy HSU (Humboldt State University) in Arcata and Occupy Eureka, in front of the county courthouse.

The half-dozen campers on the quad at HSU were still awakening when I got there. One, seemingly with a case of the pre-caffeine crabbies, plugged a hot plate into an extension cord that disappeared behind one of the tarped-over picnic canopies that serve as tents there. Continue reading

Occupy I-5, Day 3. Occupy Olympia

Wednesday, November 30th
Occupy Olympia

After my brief visit to Occupy Tacoma, I drove another half hour south to Olympia. Someone at Occupy Tacoma had told me to go to the Capitol building from where I’d see the camp. I did that, parking near a grassy area where a large labor rally had apparently taken place earlier that morning. One of the people helping tear down the stage directed me northward to a path to the camp. Turns out Occupy Olympia’s camp is more than a stone’s throw, so I drove around, but not before taking a look at what was happening on the Capitol building steps.

While I was told later that there probably had been people inside, the scene on the steps was quiet. Continue reading

Occupy I-5, Day 5

A little catching up, Friday, December 2. Posies Cafe, Portland, OR.

I’m in Portland this morning, probably heading to Eugene later for the General Assembly tonight. On Wednesday, I visited Occupy Tacoma again and Occupy Olympia. I spent yesterday up in Longview, Washington, talking with some rank and file longshoremen, as well as a stop in to the Port Of Longview office and a meeting of the nascent Occupy Longview group. Continue reading