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interview with Kenyatta Cheese: Professional Internet Enthusiast
I'm pleased to present this month's Justin Hall Show episode, an interview with Kenyatta Cheese: Professional Internet Enthusiast. Kenyatta describes how our fandom and media consumption serves as media production and skill-building for community organizing. I met Kenyatta in Spring 2006 and we taught a class together: CTIN 499: Portable Video Production and Internet Distribution within the USC School of Cinema-Television: Interactive Media Division. There's photos and links about all of this in this related entry on my site: Long before Vine and YouTube, Kenyatta worked bring video to the internet, at the intersection of art, activism and technology. This has lead him to study viral and meme content, as a co-founder of Know Your Meme, a pioneering popular internet studies service. Early in his career he helped people get video cameras working with computers in backpacks, to allow for live-broadcasting from protests. Now Kenyatta has a company Everybody at Once helping fans of television shows express themselves online. Kenyatta is playful; it was fun to interview him. And it was good to be able to feature Kenyatta on the Justin Hall Show because Kenyatta directly improved my work. In October 2013 I was just starting to ramp up on making Justin Hall Show episodes, Kenyatta insisted on loaning me his overclocked Lumix GH2 camera. I've learned over time how to make good use of it and it's been a serious upgrade, one that I'm very grateful for. Kenyatta Cheese in the credits of most all Justin Hall Show episodes; and now people watching the series will know the face behind the credits! For most of my recent flicks, the plug for Patreon comes at the very end. So someone only sees if they stay past the credits - that's a lot to ask, and I want to see if I can get more folks to sign up if the message comes up at the front. I listened to National Public Radio news here in the US recently, and there was sponsorship reminder aplenty. So up front I put together an updated, integrated promo in the first 30 seconds; we'll see if I get more than the usual 2-3 signups in the next month! This video came out at the same time as an upgrade to the software I use to edit my videos: Final Cut Pro X 10.2. I dove into presentations from Steve Martin's and Mark Spencer to learn the new capabilities. I allowed myself a fair profusion of 3D titles here. It was fun to play off the spirit in all our online totems - I enjoyed nerding-out on the visual presentation around Kenyatta and his talk of internet folk art. Episodes are better shorter; I'm aiming for well under 10 minutes these days. Kenyatta and I had a broader discussion lasting 50 minutes. There's some good insights and a broader sense of the arenas in which he's served. I'd like to make a podcast out of it and some of the other conversations I've had! If you would enjoy working with me to make a podcast out of the longer Justin Hall Show interviews, professional or amateur, let's see what we can work out - [email protected]. As ever I'm eager to continue interviewing and exploring and meditating for you through these videos. If you enjoy this one and/or want to see something different, email me [email protected]. I am grateful for the chance to be animated in cyberspace together in the same era! BTW - to answer the question at the beginning of the video for myself, I'm not sure I know how to get strangers on the internet to join up with you and do what you want, but you can write & record your experiences and you'll find people who are already doing what you want and together you can see what's next.
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