Izah Morales INQUIRER.net EXPRESSING oneself in this digital age comes in different forms. You have blogs and videos, for instance. Tang Teazperiment i s among those riding on the blogging and user-generated video trend, as it laun ched an online show that features flash mobs. A flash mob describes a large group of people who suddenly assemble in a publ ic place to perform an odd action for a brief period, then they disperse. "With the new media, teens can express themselves internationally,â says Ketchu p Eusebio, host of Teazperiment. âItâs such a relief for students because they donât need connections with any m edia outfit but just their laptops and the Internet,â adds Andi Manzano, co-hos t Teazperiment. The term flash mob was unknown until Harperâs Magazine Senior Editor Bill Wasik published an article on March 2006. Wasik began organizing flash mobs in May 2 003 in Manhattan through social media networks or via email. Cindy Abella, brand manager of Tang Fruit Teaz, said the show is a competition open to anyone who may want to submit video clips apart from the seven particip ating organizations in this project. "Teazperiment is about channeling oneâs boredom into something creative," says Abella. Seven school organizations from the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Ma nila University, Trinity College, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Sa n Sebastian College, La Consolacion College and Far Eastern University-FERN hav e already submitted video clips, which will be judged by viewers. Under the organization category, the video with the highest number of votes fro m the viewers would win P50,000. On the other hand, the top three videos from i ndividual submissions would be rewarded an Xbox game console and a Rockband gam e (first prize), three Asus laptops (second prize), and Nokia cellphones (third prize). The voting period for the organization category ends in March while voting for individual submissions ends in May.
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By Marjorie Gorospe âUNHAPPY the land that is in need of heroes.â This is a notable quotation from German playwright Bertolt Brecht. It is now th e core message of Mae Paner's (a.k.a. Juana Change) latest video posted on YouT ube. Taking the role of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW), Paner portrays a domestic helper who talks about how OFWs are often considered as "bagong bayani" or new heroes of the country due to sacrifices they make. These new heroes work abroad, leaving their families behind to find jobs elsewh ere. "We do not need praises, we need money," Juana Change says, as she tells a stra nger on a plane about her feelings working abroad. While more and more Filipinos work abroad as professionals, some end up doing j obs that are menial. In the video, her character mocks government officials who go abroad to hide th eir ill-gotten wealth. The video eventually ends with a familiar face: national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. It was as if Paner was showing the two faces of heroes. Rizal sacrificed his li fe for the country; while OFWs continue to sacrifice comfort and dignity to sup port their family and eventually our economy. But as Bretchâs saying goes, this country still needs more heroes who have the genuine interest to serve the country minus personal interest, desire for power and corruption. Watch her video:
FILIPINO bloggers and fans mobbed Filipino-American video blogger Christine "HappySlip" G ambito during a "meet and greet" event with local bloggers and fans. More than 100 Filipino bloggers and fans came to the event held at the Mag:net Cafe on Bonifacio High Stre et in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City. The event was organized by the Department of Tourism and Internet portal Yehey! Local bloggers and fans were initially given a chance to ask several questions, which Gambito answered readily with a tinge of humor. She then gave each fan a chance to meet her up close. Among the fans who came were children. "I feel so great meeting Christine. This is a one in a million chance to meet s omeone like her. That's the beauty of the Internet. Unfocused offline audiences can trample you at a meet and greet. Online audiences are more targeted, valua ble and easier to handle" said Mike Abundo who has been blogging for three years. Manuel Vilori a, also a blogger who creates how-to videos online, saidÂ he was surprised Â by the popularity of Gambito. "I didn't know she was this popular here," said Viloria, who was among the loca l bloggers who came to the event. Gambito is a Filipino-American video blogger who has become a celebrity online, as she created video clips based on family-inspired characters. She plays all the characters in her videos. Talking about her trip to the Philippines, Gambito said she felt "humbled" by t he attention she was getting from local bloggers and fans. She again turned emo tional as she shared her reasons for doing her video blogs. "It all comes from the heart," she said, answering one question from a blogger. Carrying her photos, a poster and other merchandise Gambito was selling during the event, the bloggers and fans lined up to have her sign them. During her talk, fans and bloggers openly declared their admiration. One blogger asked her if she was interested in doing video blogs about the poli tical situation in the country. To this, she replied: "Let's enjoy the country. " Gambito admitted she's now getting offers to do shows on television and film, b ut declined to give details. Josh Verdes, cousin of Gambito, also gave his own set of fans a treat, singing original compositions.
OK, we've heard of blog addicts, but this 23-year-old guy in San Francisco take s the cake. Not content with plain old blogging and vlogging (that'sÂ short for video blogg ing), 23-year-old Justin Kan is showing his life to the whole world via online video, 24 hours a day, seven times a week. It's Justin.tv, and for now, people are watching. Some people live blog. This guy is "lifecasting."Â Justin put a camera on his h ead so that he can chronicle everything he does everyday -- and I mean everythi ng, including bathroom breaks. The site promises that Justin will continue this Internet reality TV show until the day he dies: "Justin will wear the camera until the day he dies. By which we mean if he takes it off, we'll kill him." Here's an excerpt from an article in the San Francisco Ch ronicle:
Kan calls it "lifecasting." The concept is simple: Using technology his team developed, Kan has strapped a camera to his head to capture every mom ent of his existence in live streaming video on the Internet. Viewers literally see the world through Kan's virtual eyes, which broadcast his life onto the We b 24/7. He interacts with his audience through 21 chat rooms and hundreds of e- mails each day. He even took their calls on his cell phone until he got overwhe lmed. The show's slogan says it all: "Waste time watching other people waste time." A nd that's what tens of thousand of folks around the globe are doing, turning Ka n into an online phenom by tuning in to his irreverent and uncensored world. Th at sudden explosion of peeping onlookers has caused so many technical difficult ies that Justin.tv had to recruit volunteers from the audience to keep the show rolling.So, is this genius, or the ultimate expression of online narcissism? Probably b oth, as many ventures are in this brave new world of Web 2.0, reality TV, citiz en journalism, social networkingÂ and user-generated content. On the one hand, we'd rather watch ordinary people like us, whether they're doing ordinary or ex traordinary things, and wonderful or stupid acts (as opposed, say, to professio nal TV hosts, actors and actresses doing unintentionally stupid things). OnÂ th e other hand, maybeÂ many of us are becoming increasingly self-absorbed, in the backlash against those days whenÂ OldÂ MediaÂ shovedÂ content we didn't want d own our throats. I'm an optimist, however, so I believe it's possible to strike the right balanc e. Instead of turning the whole world into our own personal versions of "The Tr uman Show."Â