Repressive regime cause more production for videos (Week 5)

Labanese artist Rabih Mroué who had given an interview Radikal Newspaper’s columnist Pınar Öğünç said that our perception and production are affected by smart phone and their video recording. For instance, huge group of people had mobilized in Tunis, Egypt and Yemen after that videos. Active producers and/or citizens had recorded enemys (US army) who had acted in hostile and perniciously. On the other hand, US soldier was used video recording for propaganda at the same time.
The example above shows that alternative videos are vital. Records, which by citizens or active producers had recorded, are shown some tv channel or internet, state’s and people’s attitudes towards events affect. Therefore, occasionally, states are blocking some television channels or internet which allow shown that. Whereas, this records are indicator for democratical participation.
Government’s neo-liberal theory is content to rely on elected officials to represent the interests to citizens within a legally-structured political and economic framework, participatory theory seeks to involve citizens more directly in the democratic process (Held 1987, 4). Alternative media and alternative ways have not old history in Turkey like Europe, US or Argentina. Alternative film, video and television recently increase in Turkey. In last decade, limited participant television channels, for example +1 tv and halk tv, are broadcasting on satellite and internet. Nonetheless, wide range of television channels are broadcasting proper for mainstream media and dominant goverment. Particularly video and participant communication increase with cost-effective technology. Hence, youth who uses smart phone and some tecnology were very effective at the Gezi or Berkin Elvan’s protests. Those videos were remarkable and important with their discourse.
In that case, videos which are recorded by active producers are important. Especially protest demonstration videos which are shown grassroot’s real reaction against politic process are shown on internet. Therefore, frequently Youtube and social media like Twitter are forbidden in Turkey by goverment. As a consequence, more videos, documentary and film are shown in film festivals and on the different internet channel. Repressive regime cause more production for videos.

3, 2, 1 Record!

Television is an important medium for combining both visual and auditory components. This makes a TV product more interesting and maybe more striking than any other media. In fact, not only TV but also cinema and other types of videos which are available on the internet can be included into this classification.

It is easier to express ideas and emotions since video/film consist on both visual and auditory elements. In this aspect, this medium can be considered as an effective alternative media tool. As Fountain points out “Enabling more people to become active producers has always been one of the primary goals of many alternative media activists.” With some technological developments in film industry, more people found a chance to shoot a movie/video. At the early stages of film industry, equipments were rather expensive and hard to carry with. Developing technologies made these equipments available for any use of manner. By this way, today, anyone can easily shoot a video. However, making film/movie is not the only problem. Another important aspect of this field is distribution. A film or a video could not get much attention without being distributed to people. Thanks to the internet there are many channels available for users to share their work with other people. Many can shoot and share their video through YouTube and other video based websites.

Also mobile phones help people to shoot and share video with others. For example, if someone come across with something strange or interesting that might catch others’ attention, s/he can record it and share in just few seconds. Developing technologies permit individuals to be active producers of video and film sector. In addition, social media platforms let their users be the producer and the consumer at the same time.

In conclusion, film and video have a strong connection with the technology. Surely, not only equipment side but also distribution aspect of movie making has gone further with technological developments. Now, people carry their equipment just in their pocket and share their shootings easily.


– Fountain, A. (2007). Alternative film, video and television 1965-2005. NY: Routledge.