California á la mobile

Two gems today from the Nieman Storyboard.

First, a documentary film producer that Brian introduced to our reporting class.  Great, great vids and story lines here, from “California is a Place.”  Alternative, and pushing the envelope in some cases.

Partners Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari, who bring to life stunning vignettes of California, spoke with Nieman.

“I don’t think journalists have the freedom and capacity to explore visually some of their stories,” Cooper says.

So the pair turned to documentaries and film to inspire new hope in their audiences.

“That’s what we’re hoping to do – to make people go, ‘I’m engaged. I’m interested in what this person is doing or has to say, or where this person lives.'”

Another article is an updated piece from Peggy Nelson.  She is not prolific, but she is good.

Her writing is humorous, abstract, and she uses references from sports, math and philosophy, among other subjects.  A Renaissance woman after my heart.  The article is a fantastic read, detailing the etiquette of flow, a florid phrase to describe human social networking.

“The end of the world as we know it?” she asks.   “No — it’s the end of the world as I know it, the end of the world as YOU know it — but the beginning of the world as WE know it.”

Her work is thought-provoking, if nothing else, but I think you’ll find much more there.

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