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Great emails mean a lot

February 23rd, 2006 by Tiffiniy Cheng

We’ve gotten such a great reponse from lots of different people. We have an overwhelming amount of email. Because people have taken the time to write us, we like to make sure everyone knows how much we appreciate the suggestions and compliments that they give us and the time people have taken to tell us what they care about and think about Democracy. Many people are surprised that we write back, I get the “glad to talk to a real person and a real organization” attitude back a lot. It’s fun for all involved to connect to people in whatever capacity, it seems.

A few weeks ago, I got an email from someone who has turned into a friend of PCF. I quote the email below, which when I started reading it, sounded like spam (the first line seemed like a request for money…sorry to say, T.J.). I was going to delete it, but then T.J. grabbed my attention. Definitely, see why below. I’m posting this email because I think it is really important to be continually reminded about why people need to be able to communicate with each other in many different ways, including video.

When we first started work on Democracy, we hoped and believed that it was finally feasible for small groups and communities to broadcast to other people around the world with ease and without hassle. I have a few favorite dreams of what the platform can do. I hope that anyone can watch a channel of all the videos in their native tongue, produced somewhere else in the world or next door. Eventually, anyone can set up a computer with Broadcast Machine and Democracy Player on it and be able to create a community broadcasting station, giving the town a local channel, easily and affordably. And lastly, I look forward to the time when every Democracy Player comes with a de facto local channel — any video tagged with a nearby zipcode would be a part of the local channel. T.J. reminds us that communication with people (we care about) makes a huge difference (in life). Thanks, T.J. and family.

Hello, Let me explain my situation so that you better understand what I am wanting to do. I am in the Army and I am stationed away from my wife and most of my other family/friends. I want to use broadcast machine to create a video blog/diary type of thing so that I can keep up with those other special people in my life. I want to post video entries, and would like others to be able to do the same. I was thinking I would just create a channel for each person. However, I want to create two channels for me and two for my wife…. I want this to work because we are in different time zones, and work different shifts, so we can squeeze in phone calls every now and then but it’s really difficult. If we could do this then we could just record entries at our leisure. Moreover, when windows DTV is finished we can even have our entries pre-downloaded for us! :-) . Very exciting.”

You can see T.J.’s blog here. We hope he inspires you to come up with different ways to make communication channels that mean something to you and to possibly, a larger group of people throughout the world. Stay safe, T.J.

2 Responses to “Great emails mean a lot”

  1. The state of Internet TV…

    A few days ago I wrote a post entitled “Channel Surfing Internet TV“, where I outlined the direction television is going with the advent of IPTV. Today I wondered about the technologies that currently exist and will probably resemble the …

  2. Russell Cole says:

    I believe strongly that the Internet in its current form is an opportunity to finally realize a medium of communication that is egalitarian with respect to the equal distribution of representational space. This is why I am vehemently opposed to many of the changes that will occur with the implementation of Internet 2.0. There is no need for telephone companies to create multiple levels of service, based on bandwith, which will essentially make it difficult for the individual to market his or her site, or, for that matter, obtain browsing services that are roughly equivalent to what other more financially independent individuals enjoy.

    Another concern is Google’s ill-conceived effort to generate a massive data-mining service, which can be accessed, despite whatever Google promises, by governmental sources that have no business obtaining this material. These considerations lead me to believe that the beneficial promises associated with 2.0 are pale in juxtaposition to the potential downfalls that might occur from greed sticking its ugly head into something that currently manifests the more sanguine, egalitarian attributes of our social lives.

    Russell Cole

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