Thursday, March 11, 2021

Snapchat viral income, and controversy over Substack; do you need press credentials to be "acquitted" after filming police?



Taylor Lorentz reports in the New York Times, that people get paid big bucks for innocent snapchat videos that go video.  Paying for trick videos is seen as a way to compete with Tik Tok?

I don’t have a Snapchat account because I don’t have use for ephemeral content.  But I must say that the concept is surprising.  This link came from her Substack account but was published in the NYTimes.

Which brings up another point: some people are saying that Subtstack will destroy conventional journalism, as first noted in a notorious tweetstorm by Sarah Roberts, as analyzed now by Matt Taibbi. .

Here, Glenn Greenwald weighs in from his own Substack with his own take on Ryan Broderick.

My own position as a “commentator-journalist” as my second life grew starting in the late 90s (with my first book) would come into the discussion, as I have written before, when I speak about “gratuitous publication”.  But what’s noticeable here is the protectionism and turf protection, and the idea of “skin in the game”.  I would need to have more focus on an expertise area (maybe out of my music) to make Substack work for me. (Update: March 24, Intelligence in New York Mag: "Substack is a scam the same that way all media is", showing why unions won't work,  This sort of individualism replacing group activism is not sustainable?) 

Katie Robertson and Rachel Adams report on the acquittal of (conventionally employed) journalist Andrea Sohouri when she was filming police in Iowa at a legitimately anti-racist protest.  You can film the police, but she was apparently accused of refusing to disperse.  She had press credentials and claimed this was her job.  I can’t really make such a claim if caught in such a situation, although the pandemic has made me careful anyway.

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