Wednesday, August 10, 2005

And Now For Something Completely Different ...

Documentary film-maker Kent Bye is attempting a new type of citizen journalism.

His "Echo Chamber Project" is an "investigative documentary about the how the television news media became an uncritical echo chamber to the Executive Branch leading up to the war in Iraq."

The twist: it's an "open source" project, meaning that Bye is sharing transcripts and footage from his documentary with anyone who wants to use it or remix it with other footage as they see fit.

A preliminary video of the Echo Chamber Project is available on, a non-profit initiative that provides free storage space and bandwidth.


Before devoting himself to documentary film-making, Bye worked as a radar systems engineer within the military industrial complex for 4 1/2 years. While working as an engineer, Bye produced two narrative 16mm films, and directed his first feature documentary called Handicamp.

Since then, the Maine native has worked with the Maryland Film Festival, Silverdocs Film Festival, MicroCineFest, and Johns Hopkins Film Festival as a film screener and photojournalist.


We wish Bye good luck (and welcome him to use JABBS as a resource). If he's successful in helping give the mainstream media a kick in the pants, that would certainly be good news.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's nice to see someone striving to vividly portray among the largest tragedies in U.S. history. It is a tale of a lying, no-good extremist president and his unassuming press corps led the country into a war that has grown into an insurmountable quagmire and a catastrophic failure on every level.
Republicans will viciously attack the broadcast while dredging up dirt against the filmmaker. They will drone on Bushies soundbites about "staying the course" and "the war on terror."
Meanwhile, the rest of us will wonder when we can wake up from this nightmare.

12:38 AM  
Anonymous Kent Bye said...

Hey David,
Thanks for the link and comments. I do hope to get you and others more involved with the project as I get the Drupal software set up to handle lots of volunteer input.

This involves either recruiting volunteer open source software development labor or gathering the funding to pay developers.

But momentum is starting to pick up -- so keep spreading the word.

I'm hoping that it will possible to tap into the collective wisdom of your audience -- as well as into the wisdom of the audience that disagrees with us.

Regardless of political perspective, I hope to find common ground in creating ways for empowering citizen journalists to create media that is a lot more meaningful than the infotainment currently being served up by the mass media. Thanks and keep in touch!

-Kent Bye.

11:59 AM  
Blogger D.B. Cooper said...

I am sick to death of the whining. You bitch because the press supposedly kept their mouths shut during the buildup prior to the war. What a load! The fact is is that you had a Press Corps that was beaten into submission because to ACTUALLY question the White House on what was really going on, meant that they would get booted from the Press Corps, and lose their hard earned prestige, Xmas Bonuses, homes and 401k's to some schmuck who really would do what the White House wanted.

In the end, the major news entities, CBS, NBC, ABC, and CNN kept their mouths shut because in the high risk, cutthroat world of TV news, you cannot afford to be picky about which asshole you stick your tongue in. If you are, the other guy gets in, gets the exclusive, and the Peabody. In the end it was a whole load of crap anyway. FOX news came in and placed themselves at the disposal of the Right, and not only repeats what the White House says verbatim, but cleans up their damn messes for them.

Now explain to me why on earth would Dick Cheney do an interview with ABC, when he could do one with FOX, who would make him look and sound better than he actually is.

12:13 AM  

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