Here are three very interesting media stories/experiments I came across today. The topics differ a lot; traffic, plastic and Charlie Kaufman, but they have a few things in common: telling stories with new tools and open minds:
The technology magazine Wired takes us behind the scenes of the making of an upcoming profile on the screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malchovich, Adaption). He is soon out with a new movie, Synechdoche, and journalist Jason Tanz is convincing his editors that Kaufman is wired enough for Wired. Similar, he is able to convince Kaufman’s agent that Kaufman is Wired’s favorite screenwriter (because of “his intellect and wonky humor”). We can follow the development of the story in the blog, watch a YouTube video from an internal meeting and read the correspondence between the journalist and the editor as they discuss the project, which is not finished. Oh, I like this! Journalism can be hard, boring work, and as Jason Kottke says, “I’m not sure I want to know how the sausage is made”. But this is something else then daily, hard hitting news production, I envy all the time they put into the story.
Bergens Tidende, Norwegian daily, is visualizing bottlenecks in Bergen through a new traffic mashup. The readers can report (online or via SMS) where the traffic is totally stuck, and what can be done to fix the problems, and everything is presented in a Google map. Bottlenecks account for 79 percent of the traffic problems in Bergen, according to the readers. Now that the readers have blown off some stem, will the city council actually do something about the situation? jill txt and Journalisten have more on the story.
BBC journalist Christiane Jeavans has been avoiding plastic for the whole of August, a project that seems almost impossible, and she has documented her experiment in this blog (which is now finished). A wooden toothbrush, washable diapers and milk delivered to the door in glass bottles were some of the things she did to avoid plastic, and she cut back on 80 percent of her plastic waste, but was not able to cut everything (is that even possible?). Interesting experiment.
A last crazy experiment I just heard of, Where the hell is Matt?
Matt is dancing his way around the world, even in the demilitarized zone in Korea. Incredible! Talking about globalization. And some nice moves, but not as übercool as the techtonik kids I see around here:-)