THING2THING (T2T) is a site created by Australian artist and citizen journalist Cathy Vogan in December 2010, to show-case the work and research of independent artists and writers about Wikileaks & Freedom of Speech. After 2 years, T2T is read in 144 countries, most widely in the US, with up to 5000 new users per week. China, Australia, Russia, Netherlands, Germany and “Nowhere” also like T2T a lot!
“THE WIKILEAKS TAPES”
The main event for 2012 has been the release of THE WIKILEAKS TAPES: 24 films about a little organisation that sprang out of nowhere and changed the world!
This edition is born of a self-funded project called “Did You Have Any Idea?” by Australian citizen journalist Cathy Vogan, on her travels across Australia and the US. The mission was to chat, in her own informal way, with high profile and grass-roots supporters of Wikileaks, such as Professor Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg, Mary Kostakidis, John Pilger, Andrew Fowler, Jonathan Holmes, Julian Morrow, Julian (brief appearance) & Christine Assange, John Shipton, Senator Scott Ludlam, Nozomi Hayase & Rap News, Julian Burnside QC, Gary Lord (@jaraparilla), Michael Pierce SC, Spencer Zifcak, Larry Buttrose, Clark Stoeckley, John Penley, Andrew Partos, Gail Malone, Cassie Findley, Antony Loewenstein and Gary Kennedy. This historical resource (on dual layer DVD) assembles the entire “Did You Have Any Idea?” series and other related films by Cathy Vogan on the subject of Wikileaks. It stands as further testimony to the saying: out of small things, big things grow!
Citizen journalists are often characterised by their choice of one core issue they really care about, and are willing to research rampantly; day in, day out, for years. Thus their expertise on the subject tends to become second to none, even that of professional journalists, who are obliged by their employers to spread themselves across a variety of issues. They often crowd-source and research their ideas within the context of specialised, social media groups, comprised of other passionate individuals who voluntarily share their knowledge, offer their feedback and facilitate connection to both sources of information and a world of readers. The technically adept citizen journalist may act as the chosen megaphone, but the voice is collective. Together, they are the watch-dogs of main-stream media, and each other… As a movement, citizen journalism is becoming the foundation stone of a more independent, diverse, and transparent historical record.
If you value the future of citizen journalism, get yourself a free blog, run your ideas up the flagpole, and see who salutes them! Or if you care about Wikileaks and like how this one’s panning out as a resource, you can DONATE on this site to T2T’s future projects.
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