At a time when newspapers are struggling and online media is proliferating, the question about what sources of news enable people to be effective citizens is more important than ever. There have been major concerns over the efficacy of citizen journalism and news bias is generally accepted even among professional journalists. Some web sites offer efforts to cut through, or at least acknowledge and help navigate that bias. What sources of news do you trust or avoid?
To join the conversation, you can visit the Engage Web site until May 8 and tell PBS how you consume information and what needs to happen to ensure continued citizen democracy.
PBS Engage is inviting users to ask questions of Terry Lickona, renowned producer of the long running music program Austin City Limits, Monday at 4pm. Lickona will answer user submitted questions in an hour-long chat from SXSW.
PBS Banner at SXSW 2009. Photo by fragility_v2
Submit questions by 4pm or join the discussion live. If you are in Austin for SXSW, you can stop by the PBS events in person. Tell them Teague sent you.
The Fullscreen Gigapan Viewer offers a very interesting look at last week’s Inauguration. Who can you find in the crowd? It’s like Where’s Waldo for the digital age. Ultra-high resolution photography offers some interesting opportunities.
Has anyone had personal experience with this? I’ve seen scanback cameras used for fine art reproduction, but I’m not sure what kind of camera took this photography. Could this be from a medium format digital camera like the the Hasselblad H3D-39II?
Photo by David Bergman
EDIT: According to the photographer’s profile page (David Bergman) the image is “made up of 220 images and the final image size is 59,783 X 24,658 pixels or 1,474 megapixels.” That’s way higher than the H3D’s measly 39 megapixels. The fact that it’s multiple images stiched together explains the pincushioning on the edges. Still an interesting technical implementation. What else could this tool be applied to?