If this isn’t beautiful, I don’t know what it is. Check out the 2:28 mark for sheer facial expression.
Murle youth stand guard outside a NGO compound after tribal clashes erupted between the Murle and the Jie tribe in 2010. Over the last week 6000 members of the Luo Nuer tribe have destroyed Murle land, fighting continues in Pibor the under developed Murle capital as the UN continues all civilians to flee. Thousands have already died in inter tribal clashes between the Murle and Lou Nuer.
Back in Libya
I just arrived in Misarata on a flight full of wounded rebels. The town is still standing, groups of women in hijab and burkhas shop in well stocked stores beneath gaping holes left by Gadaffi’s mortars. Not so many guns on the streets, but lots of young men. It’s good to be back in a free Libya, but everyone intensely waiting to see what this actually means. Always strange to see a place that was once the center of the journalistic world for hundreds of reporters, now empty. But the stories remain, and easy to see the ways the aftermath of this conflict will effect generations to come, for better and worse.
Now that we’re done panicking, it’s time for journalism thinkers to turn to the real task: how to re-empower reporters, the backbone of journalism, whoever they are, wherever they may work, in whatever medium, within institutions that can move the needle.
From Tunisia to American and back again, the revolution is being passed around like a good jug of apple cider.
Occupy Tunis represents.
It was a casual affair compared with the revolts this place has seen. And I’m sure a good deal more smoking was going on than in New York. The only stir was an impassioned argument between the organizers and the communists. The protest was against the capitalist system that created the 1% and the 99%, but not everyone was sure they wanted to replace it with communism.
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function,
Comic Books, Grids and Designing the News
The Color Machine produced this interview with Khoi Vinh, former design director for the New York Times. In it, Vinh talks about design grids, reducing complexity and how comic books helped him formulate a design theory of his own.
Unrelated but Interesting: Vinh and Scott Ostler just launched Mixel. It’s a social iPad collage making tool for the iPad.
Via Vinh’s blog Subtraction:
Our goal with Mixel is to turn the act of art-making into something incredibly easy, fun and even addictive. Just as importantly, we also want art-making to be deeply social. Mixel is a social network of its own — you sign in with Facebook, and you can find and follow anyone on the network to see all the great work they’re producing. You can also comment, like and share the art, just as you would on any other social network.
But we chose collage for a very important reason: it makes art easy. Photos, the component pieces of every collage, are among the most social and viral content on the Web, and allowing people to combine them into new, highly specific expressions of who they are and what they’re interested in is powerful. Collage also has a wonderfully accessible quality; few people are comfortable with a brush or a drawing implement, but almost everyone is comfortable cutting up images and recombining them in new, expressive, surprising or hilarious ways. We all used to do this as kids.
A photostory I just published in October’s Playboy Germany on the war in Nuba mountains. Still going on, still not reported on, and not going away anytime soon.
So, the situation is grim, but not hopeless. The relative decline America has entered requires something a good deal more complex than fiscal austerity. The U.S. will remain the world’s most important nation well into this century—that’s not a question. How we handle the implications of our relative decline—not only at home, but around the world where we have maintained the balance of power in region after region since 1945—will matter enormously. Unraveling our global commitments in a way that does not prompt a geopolitical “Lehman Bros.” moment will be the true test of whether the United States was, as we like to believe, better than past hegemons. - Michael Moran on Slate.