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Over the last four years the means of producing and distributing video content over the web have become nearly ubiquitous, leading to the beginning of the democratization of media. At the same time, the sheer amount of new content has made sites, such as YouTube, that aggregate and organize that content increasingly important - the de-facto "new Networks." And now, when through government or corporate action, access to that media or in extreme cases, the network itself, is denied we find that media democratization may seem alarmingly fragile. This presentation will look at how people have successfully created alternatives to the new "alternatives" and how censorship in the 21st century is becoming increasingly infeasible.
I'm Michael Verdi. I usually just go by "Verdi" because, let's face it, there are way too many Michaels in the world and Verdi is a pretty cool name for an artist. I'm 40 years old, married and the father of two beautiful daughters. I've done a lot of different things over the last 20 years – taught high school, ran a nationally recognized youth media program, performed on stage and I was even a nuclear mechanic on a submarine for a while. For the last four years I've been way into videoblogging and virtual worlds.