Monday, August 20, 2007


I attended a PodCamp session this past weekend called “Change the World, Change Web Video” hosted by Brian Conley and Steve Wyshywaniuk who are most noted for their web production of Alive in Baghdad. These two guys are barely making ends meet out in Philadelphia but they survive on their unending passion to get the word out.

We all know that the news media edits, manipulates, and biases pretty much everything we read, see, or hear. These two men have taken the power of the blogger to new levels. Traveling to areas off the beaten path, they report truth in its very raw form. They have also taken the time to teach others how to produce internet video and transmit it so that when they can’t be there in person, someone else is creating valuable content.

The world of social media connects us in ways that are almost incomprehensible.

A dear friend of mine, DJ Trischler, also took on this adventure in sovereignty to report on the lives of the Tuareg people of Niger, an eastern country in Africa, this past January. DJ’s fundamental idea is that we are all brothers and sisters in the human race and that we should embrace an idea of solidarity. I invite you to view some of his content and take a minute to think about how amazing social media really is.


  1. Jennie,

    The Alive in Baghdad session really was moving. I think it was one of my favorites all weekend.

    The video you presented in addition really shows the power of social media.

  2. hi, odd thing. i have a brass medallion that is a triagular shield called a tuareg cross that is a protection piece. i've had it for about 6 or 7 years now.

  3. Alive in Baghdad is one of the coolest things I saw at the first Podcamp. They are awesome, awesome, awesome.