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After more than a week of dithering, Episode Two is here. This release marks a slightly new direction for InfoGraffiti in that all of our collaboration over the last few weeks has led to the creation of some original content being made, which is exciting. I hope we can see this trend pushed throughout all of our next releases with you guys playing a much bigger role in sourcing content.
The branding is much better this time round, I hope that you'll agree. The episode starts with a nice explanation of who we are followed by an original critique of mass media thanks to this idea being one of the top voted suggestions. If something like this happens again, you guys in the community should submit videos to the thread and vote them up and down. Then when I come to edit it together I'll be able to do it much quicker and we'll be working more collaboratively. Considering this is just the second release we're already doing a great job, but it's important that everyone knows they have an big role to play in creating these releases. From brainstorming to production to release, you guys are super important, so keep it up.
This months controversy was marked by the release of Zeitgeist Moving Forward. Of everything that's ever been submitted to IG, this one literally split the community right down the middle. The arguments against were rooted in the original Zeitgiest movie, which had some innacurate descriptions of ancient God's and the controversial 9/11 section. The arguments for its inclusion included the improved quality of the last two films, the huge movement that's now supporting the movie, and The Venus Project, an ambitious plan to turn the worlds economy on its head to save it from economic and enviromental collapse. It was a tough call, but the Zeitgeist movie recieved 63 points, whilst the Anti-Zeitgeist campaign produced 43 points. We're a democracy at InfoGraffiti, so I went with the majority but I did make a compromise. At 2 hours 40 minutes it's way too long for our episode, so the extended trailer made the final cut. Whether or not we do a special release of Moving Forward is yet to be seen. This is a debate that needs to go on the reddit.
For those of you that don't know, as a community we want to try and include a feature length piece with every episode. Adam Curtis has come up time and time again on InfoGraffiti, with many people suggesting his films "The Century of the Self". His three part series "The Power of Nightmares" makes much more sense as part of this release because, as you'll see, we touch upon the politics of fear in our original media piece. I know that some of you want to use an Adam Curtis doc for every release we do and it appears that their presence on archive.org should allow us to do that.
I hope you're all proud of what we've achieved with this community in 10 weeks. I am, so lets keep this momentum high, the submissions coming in, and make more use of the collaborative tools we have. You all know that submissions for Episode Three are open right?
Let's make it rain
2. Part One
The Media ( Don't believe the hype - an IG original)
RSA Animate - The empathic civilisation
When will time end?
How to think critically.
The Coalition of the Willing
Zeitgeist Moving Forward
5. Feature Length
The Power of Nightmares
It's important that we don't forget why we are doing this. You and I reading this are the 'new literate' and yes, we can go and watch all of the above online. But we're the curious few, we're the people that can, where as most do not. If you support us, you'll download the ISO, burn it to disk as many times as you can, then get out into the city and leave it in interesting places for people to find. If you are in a red zone, you need the NTSC version, if you are in the green zone, you need the PAL version. If you're in a white zone, we're really not sure what you need but recommend you go for NTSC.