A month long look at tools and tricks of Independent
Jan 7. 2008:
Where to Keep it all? ]
is over 1 million spaces wide, approximately 600,000
describing the images and thoughts of about 100 feature
artists, features populated by thousands of links and images.
semantikon is 40 films and a web TV station deep. Semantikon
features 130 e-books, 7 of which have been hand selected
from submissions, books that were likely matched-up with
a feature and one 29 feature broadside posters. On semantikon,
you can download about 40 audio tracks this collection comprised
of all the audio we have featured in our 5 years of features
and including interviews, music, writers reading their works,
archival works, speeches and lectures, Robert Johnson singing "Love
in vain" in honor of the city we also love, New Orleans.
Semantikon is also a Radio station---Deepsong, crippled as
a three legged mule that stutters---as people not cool as
Thurston Moore (the RIAA), increased royalties, demanded
back royalties be paid----priced at new per-play rates. When
the going gets rough, semantikon went beta with a new service
anywhere.fm, because we aren't making money sharing music,
and grew up ----listening to mix tapes.
to this array of "content" ---complete graphic
novels, web exclusive collections of literature, unique film
and gallery premiers, cutting edge commentary---all maintained
via the website, our archives, e-mails, RSS, social networks,
blogs, personal websites, search engines, and random site
address generator like stumble upon. All this and more---not-for-profit,
publishing via creative commons licensure, our idea being
that art should enter immediately into the public arena.
Semantikon is an independent publishing operation that has
grown because people share the work and the ideas with others,
because people link to us. Those flat slick picture clips
in the navigation bar on the top of every page can be misleading,
it is a common description that semantikon can overwhelming;
we have large scale pictures, novella length stories----things
you shouldn't do on the web. We have fielded emails from
those who cannot un-tangle the idea that one could spend
days just roaming around the site, that is, if there wasn't
something else for sale on another.
I mentioned in the essay "Word of Mouth", when
semantikon was starting out, we hadn't stated our position
about contemporary arts coverage more clearly. Were ahead
of what the users imagined they should expect in coverage
about art, literature, and their own ideas. Me and Mick Parson's
were talking one day early on and he asked ---What would
be next for semantikon? What would make semantikon unique
at each new turn so that people would want to come back?
How would semantikon grow? The answer I gave him: I hope
everyone does what we're doing, and does it better. After
all, nearly every medium in recorded history is at our disposal
at once, and for the first time, are we leave it to someone
In hindsight, I can imagine how this statement may have
been mistaken as idealistic. I'm optimistic that the kids
coming after this time will look back to us. I am certain
mistakes are being made and that more mistakes will follow.
The tools are available to you and everyone else; there is
little else to stand on.
Jan 7th,.2008 | 11PM
Keep it all in the future. Your audience will always be the
next connection forward of this one. 1. Buy yourname@.com
or .org, or spell our your idea and put a ".tv" after
it, keep anything you can imagine on a QWERTY keyboard, buy
it for life from a place like godaddy, better yet, Atlas
Design Services because Kevin Coleman takes care of people,
took care of us when we started.
2. Web hosting is cheap---look for reviews but beware of
awards. Own and maintain space that is yours, people will
share if you do.
3. Only work with people you are willing to intimate yourself
with today, or, tomorrow.
4. Books rot, quit wasting money on motivational books that
come with a Jerry Garcia flavored silk noose.
5. Pay attention and learn from other people who get their
ideas across at the speed of light. Don't be intimidated,
take what you need, everyone is new to this.
Take and make every phone call on speaker phone, in your
pajamas, because you have to type while you talk.
In Motion: being the media, how to set up a web based tv station]
a generation ago, Jello Biafra said be the media.
Throughout the 80's and 1990's, video recording
hardware become cheaper, standard policy shifted to include
easy home editing capabilities with your hardware, or with
computer software. In
the first decade of 21st century, the continuing explosion
technology has grown
to the point where anyone with a cellular telephone,
is likely able to record web ready films, capture an event,
email or post it to a network to have it available to
entire world in mere minutes.
2005, semantikon adopted the Democracy web video broadcast
platform (now named Miro) to establish a web based television
station to distribute feature films in our cinema section
(See semantikon television station). This platform,
developed by the Participatory
Media Foundation offers a suite
of video publishing tools, a highly versatile video player
and RSS technologies allows anyone with server access
the means to create their own web based video channels.
In addition to a player that recognizes nearly every video
file format (useful in its own right considering codec
wars), the platform and tools the Broadcast Machine offers
the support of a social
network (the Miro channel guide), automatic RSS setup (for
subscribers, stats) and
a bevy of licensing tools (copyright, cc, copyleft) in
addition to the ability to publish
files that are your server, another server, or that are
Setting up the Broadcast Machine is relatively simple process.
Here is the run down.
1. You will need to be able to access your web server via ftp
or other means.
2. If you do not maintain a server, you might want to check
out tools such as Videobomb where
you set up and maintain a channel through a blog-type publishing
3. You will want a higher speed web connection for uploading
and enjoying videos found on other channels. It is not required,
4. The Miro Player works on PC, Mac and Linux and a bevy
of additional platforms. Get the version you need here: and
visit: www.getmiro.com/download/ .
5. Miro is free, support is free and people who use the platform
are generally, very helpful.
6. What is the state of free broadcasting?
more about Participatory
1. Visit www.getmiro.com/create/broadcast/ and
download the Broadcast Machine software. Follow the instructions
for set-up, and do use the help files if you come into any
help is actually, helpful.
2. Install the software.
3. Set permissions.
4. Visit: www.yoursitename.com/bm and log into your broadcast
5. Name and set-up your first channel, just click the "create
6. Begin adding works, setting their location information,
adding image thumbnails, video info and choosing distribution
Copyleft and BitTorrent to name a few)
7. Once you get the hang of this
to the Miro channel guide and share your channel information so
the entire Miro network of users can enjoy
Tips and Advice
+ What makes the Broadcast Machine a powerful publishing
tool, a unique platform is its ability to reference files
on your server,
like YouTube and
the ability to publish movies in a wide variety of formats
nearly all of which, will play in the Miro Video Player. You
can point to your own video files, to those on other sites,
or any BitTorrent File that you have the address for.
+ Once you have set up your channel, be sure to go the the
Miro Channel Guide and to set up and submit your channel RSS
information. Not only will you enjoy
the benefits of the Miro social network, but this will link
and publish the unique RSS feed that the broadcast machine
generates for your channel so users can subscribe and get updates
on the fly.
+WARNING: If you move servers or change hosting providers,
you will have to re-install and re-establish your video channel
on your server and will also have to re-publish your RSS feed
to the channel guide. If you set up CRON-jobs, this will go
the broadcast machine and your entries,
but if you move the physical location of your host, then you
location of the files in the broadcast machine system. This
is not fun, and works around are said to exists, we have had
to do this twice---which makes it our only disappointment
with the platform and publishing system.
+To avert complications that would come with a server crash
or move, we suggest you establish a folder with the movie thumbnails
and a single word processing document with the information
video entry so you can easily re-build your channel offerings should
+Once you have set up your channel, submit the RSS feed to
search engines, on your blog, your myspace, your web pages
and sites like Technocrati. People wont find the feed if they
submitting the RSS entry to these sites, but enjoy knowing
that the Miro player will automatically find and synch each
More about Participatory Media Foundation
Time, Page Layout (HTML, Print and Found Art Layout Design)
In the meantime, enjoy the semantikon blog Hypergraphia