Ovc Opengov on Jun 19th, 2009 :: 0:20:31 to 0:21:04
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Jake Brewer: I'll finish my little bit with examples.  Can anyone think of examples of when this actually happened, where a citizen with a video camera did something that untimely resulted in accountability or action?  <Audience member: The "mukaka moment.">  Yeah, the fact that we can say that it was a mukaka moment for anybody now—"boy, that was almost a mukaka moment!"—first of all, I hate that we actually have to use that name.

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Audience member: Oakland police [fatally] shot a person (Oscar Grant) in the back on a platform, and twenty people got it on cell phone cameras. Yup, so other political action. Obviously we have Iran going.  What others, as far as elected officials, specifically? Audience member: Trent Lott, Strom Thurmond. Yup.  Did anyone see Joe Biden talking about clean coal last year?  That was one of our organize rs, which we love that he said it then it totally screwed him.  What else, any others?

George Chriss

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George Chriss: Well, I had a question, then also a partial answer to your question.  So going back to essentially the "cartoonification" of a politician when they see a video camera, and they're like "oh!  let me go grab my giant stamp and then let me really simplify the message beyond what it needs to be discussed at."  Something in my experience, I film as many meetings related to shared governance at The Pennsylvania State University that I can, so student governance, the university Board of Trustees, the student newspaper, the whole gamut, and actually what I've seen, gavel to gavel, is that people start becoming more professional, and they start choosing their words more carefully and [they] articulate their positions in really thoughtful ways and it's really been the opposite effect.  I'm wondering if there's any sort of way to knock off [over-]simplification.

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2009 Open Video Conference

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NYU Vanderbilt Hall, New York, NY


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