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One Whore

August 6, 2007

I posted this a couple weeks ago on SWOP East’s blogger. While showing the video to a friend over the weekend, I found myself having to defend the production value. In the most simplistic terms, the video is revolutionary. The idea of guerilla video in all of its forms is revolutionary. The written word may have possessed the power to ewvoke radical social change one-hundred years ago; but one could easily, and in my opinion rightly, argue that the 21st century requires use of a new medium. We are a visual body; we’ve seen it all, and you’ll have to show today’s citizen more.

In that light, video production, coupled with the ease of information transfer facilitated by the internet, has become a critical component for potentially successful social justice movements. Being heard is simply not enough, you must be seen as well.

The last HIV prevention program I worked on before my exodus from new york city, included an intervention wherein youth from the “target population” were instructed in video production; then given the opportunity to produce their own public service announcements. Who knows better how to reach youth than youth themselves?

Those videos never had Touchstone quality, and neither does the “One Whore” video embedded below. But that isn’t really the point.

The point is teaching/learning the skills, and making a statement that would go unheard otherwise.

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