The New York Times, “Police Arrest Hundreds of Protestors on Brooklyn Bridge”, By Al Baker and Colin Moynihan.

The above article provides a link to a video with the following disclaimer:

The video below was broadcast earlier this afternoon on the Livestream channel of a group called “globalrevolution.” The Times does not endorse the captions that appear on the screen.

Link to the article and video: \”Police Arrest Hundreds of Protestors on Brooklyn Bridge\”

One of the captions attached to the video of the arrests is “Citizen media is not a crime.” I find it fascinating that the New York Times explicitly not-endorses such a statement. The term “citizen media” provokes many questions. What kind of media is there if it is not run by citizens? State sponsored? Corporate sponsored? The article goes on to explain that a Times reporter was arrested among the masses at the protest. How could this happen? It appears that the cops confused this person for an ordinary citizen expressing their beliefs. If the New York Times does not endorse the idea that citizen media is not a crime, they perhaps suggest that citizen media can potentially be a crime.

As I am currently in the Vermont mountains near Brattleboro, far from the actions that are taking place in New York, with spotty wifi to boot, I have no visual response to offer at this time. But as 365 Days of Print can be seen as a response to media, I would like to offer a basic question to the reader and all the artists on this site: How does the nature of the “regular media” differ from that of “citizen media”?

Robert Stolarik for The New York Times

 

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