Friday, October 31, 2014
I get started on my video sequence, "on the road"
Yesterday, October 30, 2014, Beggar’s Day, or “Yelloween”, I made some video selfies, first cuts at my planned “Video Sequence” examining the question of diversity, and how those of us who are “different” fit in. Particularly, I see three big areas: “taking v. acting”, “accomplishment v. service”, and the meaning given to personal intimate relationships (and this bears on sexual orientation). Remember, I am not easily "recruited" and remain "nobody's tool".
I’ve embedded the first of these (MVI17411). The other two are 1738 and 1740, and I’ll get to those later. I shot this at Shrine Mont, in Orkney Springs, VA, near the W Va boundary, site of church retreats in the 1960s, where I once hit a real home run in a softball game.
Yes, I do like citizen journalism, and if I could get into a time machine and start over, I might become a “real journalist”. But to get anywhere, you have to pay your dues. That can me conflict reporting, in war areas, or in areas with pandemics. This involves taking considerable personal risk, as we know from what has happened to those in Syria, reporting on ISIS, and in West Africa, reporting on Ebola. If I was 30 years old, would I go? Anderson Cooper, remember paid his dues as a young man reporting in southeast Asia.
We know, from the conflict reporting risks and what has happened to journalists, that there are those who see journalism as morally evasive, rather like kibitzing a chess game rather than actually playing it (and risking losing). They see journalists as people who don’t really quite step into the lives of others and take their turns, almost a Maoist view of ethics. But we also see this reasoning break down, as, for example, humanitarian aid workers and kidnapped and executed in Syria, and as doctors and nurses fighting Ebola are at generally much more risk than most journalists in the area.