Date/Time: 19/06/2004 12:00 am
Subject: Green light for The Presidency :: Exit Culture.org/Presidency
Hi, some exciting news I hope!
Jeanette has given the go ahead for the Exit Culture/Presidency project.
Our goal is to provide around the clock coverage of the Republican
convention using a team of Interns fitted with the latest in
cyber-technology, with live up-links to the mothership
(www.exitculture.org) at 475 10th Avenue. And from there we’ll be
broadcasting to +700 million worldwide web users. Being located just 2
blocks from convention central gives us a great base camp for
operations and a support infrastructure to manage the teams from.
Leaving 20th century technologies to the dust-bins of history, we’ll be
tangling with smart mobs, phone bloggers and broadcast blasting, all
moving at nanosecond speeds. Our goal is to deliver winning content
with a unique slant on all things political.
First teams are now being “Swarmed”, and I’ll have assignments,
timelines, tasks and milestones out by the end of next week. Some
background on this new phenomena here: http://www.smartmobs.com and at
end of this email.
For those looking to jump on board, we need eJournalist’s, project
wranglers, runners, production people and programmers. Also I’m
looking for a documentary film crew to take a bite of this. Note that
for the convention dates you’ll be working or on call 24 hours a day:
August 30, Sept 2. 2004
Base Camp will be 475 10th Avenue, a place to crash, oodles of protein
bars and Evian provided.
Please note that some of the work could get a bit wild. The word on the
street is that over 250,00 may show up for demonstrations, so it could
be very exciting, one in a lifetime event. It’s hoped that our
eJournalist’s will be at the front lines, providing an unbiased,
unfiltered eye to the world on how America endures and still works.
I’m starting a prototype blogger to manage the project and should have
that up end of next week. I ended up writing my own, so we can pretty
much make modifications in real-time to the software.
If you come across any hot political sites, or ones that have something
you think is cool and maybe we can incorporate, I’ll gather all those
links and post them to the blogger. One of my favorites is
http://www.drudgereport.com which pretty much breaks all the good
Right now we’re interested in working with past, present and future
Exit Art interns. For interns that have moved outside the USA,
suggestions on how all this play to the rest of the world would be
We’re still looking for funders, however my figures are crossed and we
have some leads. We’re looking for $25,000 to change the world, and I’m
very optimistic that someone(s) will come onboard.
Story suggestions (VERY ROUGH!)
A Day in The Live of a delegate from the Okalahoma Pan handle.
Williamsburg here we come!
Yes, there is live outside McDonalds, where to really eat in NYC for
under $5 bucks.
Hot parties? We have the events, and the passes.
What to read? Who to see? What’s hot? It’s first on our site.
The latest rumors, is that really Rudy?
Presidents on canvas, action painting meets the NYPD.
They’re 20 year’s old, they’re Republican, and you better listen to
what they have to say!
Etc . . .
Looking at this as our mobile platform, other suggestions welcome:
What is a Smart Mob? (http://www.smartmobs.com)
Smart mobs emerge when communication and computing technologies amplify
human talents for cooperation. The impacts of smart mob technology
already appear to be both beneficial and destructive, used by some of
its earliest adopters to support democracy and by others to coordinate
terrorist attacks. The technologies that are beginning to make smart
mobs possible are mobile communication devices and pervasive computing
– inexpensive microprocessors embedded in everyday objects and
environments. Already, governments have fallen, youth subcultures have
blossomed from Asia to Scandinavia, new industries have been born and
older industries have launched furious counterattacks.
Street demonstrators in the 1999 anti-WTO protests used dynamically
updated websites, cell-phones, and “swarming” tactics in the “battle of
Seattle.” A million Filipinos toppled President Estrada through public
demonstrations organized through salvos of text messages.
The pieces of the puzzle are all around us now, but haven’t joined
together yet. The radio chips designed to replace barcodes on
manufactured objects are part of it. Wireless Internet nodes in cafes,
hotels, and neighborhoods are part of it. Millions of people who lend
their computers to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence are
part of it. The way buyers and sellers rate each other on Internet
auction site eBay is part of it. Research by biologists, sociologists,
and economists into the nature of cooperation offer explanatory
frameworks. At least one key global business question is part of it –
why is the Japanese company DoCoMo profiting from enhanced wireless
Internet services while US and European mobile telephony operators
struggle to avoid failure?
The people who make up smart mobs cooperate in ways never before
possible because they carry devices that possess both communication and
computing capabilities. Their mobile devices connect them with other
information devices in the environment as well as with other people’s
telephones. Dirt-cheap microprocessors embedded in everything from box
tops to shoes are beginning to permeate furniture, buildings,
neighborhoods, products with invisible intercommunicating smartifacts.
When they connect the tangible objects and places of our daily lives
with the Internet, handheld communication media mutate into wearable
remote control devices for the physical world.
Media cartels and government agencies are seeking to reimpose the
regime of the broadcast era in which the customers of technology will
be deprived of the power to create and left only with the power to
consume. That power struggle is what the battles over file-sharing,
copy-protection, regulation of the radio spectrum are about. Are the
populations of tomorrow going to be users, like the PC owners and
website creators who turned technology to widespread innovation? Or
will they be consumers, constrained from innovation and locked into the
technology and business models of the most powerful entrenched