WEEK 3: The Filters of Citizen Journalism (Coursework)

Identify one or two questions or challenges that citizen journalism and its related aesthetics raise, and critically articulate your own conclusions.


Link (Links to an external site.)  Orginal vs Digital enhancement. Advantage of current technology.

In the hands of the few:

Technological advances have always been a challenge, whether buggy to car, coal stove to electric, or silent film to talkies, the list goes on. All along the way there are individuals who are set in there ways and don’t change with the times (Amish, no electric,cars,tv) some who change with the times, and then of course there are the younger generation who know no other way, and in so pave the way for the future.

My grandmother went through a lot of change; from primus to microwave, from oil lamps to lightbulbs. The progression is the same in photography from Bitman of Judea to CMOS enabling us to record,entertain,sell,convince and persuade through imaging.

I think we live in the most marvellous times EVER! Even a poor person of today has more than a king had a mere century and a half ago. We can throw pictures and voices through the air, turn night into day with the flick of a switch, walk to the kitchen open a box and there is a selection of foods from all over the country, just waiting to be consumed and enjoyed when ever wanted. Not even having to go out to hunt and gather. If this is not magic, I don’t know what is?

Gone are the days where knowledge and equipment is in the hands of the few, it is finally available to everyone. When I started as a film maker, I had to rent a  35mm camera and lenses, these cost upwards of a $150,000.00 for a “PRO” camera setup. This is till true today, a basic set of Leica Cinema Lenses https://leicastoremiami.com/collections/leica-cine-lenses can cost over $250,000.00 for a set.

Leica Summilux 16mm T1.4 +/- $40,000.00

(today I have a choice, back then I did not) Film was expensive, in the hands of three companies; Kodak, Fuji and Agfa. Today I can buy DILM (my name for digital film/CF cards) anywhere, even at 7-11convience store So was post production, costing $400 an hour thirty years ago.  All this stuff was in the hands of the FEW.

The iPhone and Canon5D (among the many brands) changed all that, by allowing everyone to photograph and make a movie. This is what scares the old “Pros” here is that word again. No longer does anyone have to be a scientist+engineer+professor+ wealthy to make a film, any Joe or Joe-ess on the street can do it with just a few hundred dollars, a few friends and a digital camera and software. Just like the daguerreotype, one no longer needed to be a Queen or a King to have their likeness made. Hurrah for technology.  The old must make way for the new.

Shakespeare said it best:

“The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself—
Yea, all which it inherit—shall dissolve,
And like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind.”
– The Tempest Act IV Scene 1-

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