Tech has always been dorky. Long before Google Glass, nerds were looking like geeks in the name of innovation.
I’ve done my share of looking foolish, but I do it in the name of journalism.
This week also marks the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
There are a lot of things to remember and reflect on, especially in regards to journalism. I remember the amazing work done by the Times-Picayune/NOLA.com, that literally saved lives.
But, perhaps because I am a dork, I mostly remember this photo:
VR is something that I’ve always kept my eye on. My experience began with Apple’s QuickTime VR Studio and I managed to work that tech (paired with ambient sound) into some multimedia coverage I did at the Seattle Times.
That said, the first time I saw 360-degree video in news was ten years ago when MSNBC’s special Katrina project Rising from Ruin.
I saw the video and was blown away (video no longer works… they killed it, I think, for their year anniversary).
But they kept this page… a page I looked at in awe.
Direct link: http://risingfromruin.msnbc.com/2005/11/you_write_the_c.html
It never occurred to me to reach out to the guy in the photo (Ashley Wells / @DangerWells), but I did today:
While impromptu and we both don’t have the time, I asked him for an interview. I’ll keep you posted.