A Resonant Purpose

Above: Two Citizen Movements Working for Social and Economic Justice. At Left, in early 2011, hundreds of thousands gathered for rallies on the grounds of the WI Capitol; At Right, in that same year, Occupy Wall Street participants maintained an ongoing presence at New York's Zucotti Park.

hen massive protests sprung up at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison earlier in 2011 in response to draconian anti-worker, anti-education legislative proposals by the new governor and legislature, people across the nation and the globe reached out in solidarity. Many of them had learned about developments in Wisconsin through the Social Media. In the months since then, a massive movement for workers' rights, open government, quality education, and responsive healthcare is taking hold in the US and well beyond, most recently exemplified by the Occupy Wall Street movement. While the venue and name may change over time, this movement is here to stay, and resonant non-violent protest movements everywhere are gaining strength from the organizing power of the web.

In that same spirit of solidarity, through this blog, Wisconsin activists hope to share what we have learned through our use of on-line organizing with participants in the Dec. 17-18th Netroots New York conference at Pace University, where several Wisconsinites will be presenting. As a prelude to the conference, we share these samples of innovative organizing from the Wisconsin Uprising linked to social media. Thanks to all who have produced the contributions linked to here, and to all who shared their favorite social media examples, with special thanks to Joanie Juster. Working together, we can and will make a difference!

The blog format was the fastest and most efficient way to bring together these clips for conference goers. Nonetheless, it is a topically-arranged list of content trying to fit into a chronologically-based blog format. A couple of navigation tips: 1) If scrolling through the contents in the order postings are presented, be sure to select "Older Posts" to reach additional listings beyond the bottom of each page, and 2) an ad hoc "Table of Contents" can be found in the Blog Archive list at lower right.


Happy Third Anniversary, Wisconsin Capitol Protests
Please venture further into this site to an archive of representative social media from this important social movement, which is still making its presence known three years later.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Innovations: Time Lapse, Panoramas, and Other Cool Tools

The definition of social media tools was constantly being stretched as community journalists employed all kinds of cool tools to convey a sense of the variety, scope and size of the people participating in the WI Capitol protests. This included some remarkable uses of animation, time-lapse, extremely high def images, and 360 panaromic shots.

Tax the Rich: Madison Protest Time-lapse (Full Length)

A four minute video created from over 2940 Photos of protesters on the Capitol Square.

The photographer's note: Thanks to Katie Garrity, Clifford & Raihala, S.C. and Linda Clifford Law Office for letting me shoot in their business space. Also Debra Lopez, all the random protesters that joined in... especially the guys with the palm trees... and the Madison Children's Museum- amazing inside and out.

From the Youtube pages of Stumptownfilms

Wisconsin Capitol Protests in 360 VR

These are 2-D versions of photos found on the interactive 3-D page which will pop up if you click on this link.  Amazing!

Photographer's notes: 

During February and March of 2011 Wisconsin's state capitol became "ground zero" in the battle between Republicans and Democrats on the way forward, fiscally and politically in the United States. The debate has attracted tens of thousands of protesters daily to the capitol (100,000 on Saturday, February 26th and March 12th). Photos and video shown around the world illustrate what was happening but can't convey the experience of being there. 360VR can, especially when viewed in full screen with sound.

Come. Immerse yourself and experience this history making event.

copyright by Scott Witte

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