April 18, 2007
Virginia Tech, and Taking Control of Your Representation
A Virginia Tech student named Jason Piatt just looks into his webcam and talks:
I guess the internet’s a pretty powerful thing… I didn’t realize how many people are really on Facebook and MySpace and all that, but all day long people have been sending me emails, messages, and everything… “I wanna do this interview, I wanna do this interview.”
At first it was kinda exciting because I felt like people really care about what I have to say out there… I’m doing somebody some good, I’m making a difference. And then after a while I realized, like, no matter how many times I told the same story, that I just told you… people still wanted to hear it.
And I would tell ‘em, I’d say, I don’t have anything, you watch CNN right? You see these other things… that’s all I got.
Fix an image of the standard cable news presentation in your mind — helicopter shot, yammering voices, text crawl — and then watch this. It’s riveting.
Update: This is on Current TV now. Here’s the broadcast version (a little tighter).
Related: This Ypulse post is fascinating. A Facebook group created as a memorial to one of the VA Tech victims leads with this warning:
**ATTENTION NEWS MEDIA**
NEWS MEDIA DO NOT have permission to use photographs, quotes, or any information from the site, AND you do not have permission to contact group members.
Wow. There’s something important going on here.