Outside the Frame

Outside the Frame: Q&A With Guerilla Artist Keri Smith

Freelance writer Amanda Hirsch, former editorial director of PBS Interactive, blogs about documentaries and the Web in her column, Outside the Frame. Keri Smith is an author/illustrator-turned-guerilla artist. She is the author of several bestselling books about creativity, including How to be an Explorer of the World — The Portable Life/Art Museum and Wreck This

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Outside the Frame: Social Networks as Fodder for Art

Freelance writer Amanda Hirsch, former editorial director of PBS Interactive, blogs about documentaries and the Web in her column, Outside the Frame. The beauty of nature, the gruesomeness of war…and Facebook status updates? Yes, Facebook can now count itself among the muses of history, having inspired Wisconsin artist Stacey Williams-Ng to create a series of

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Outside the Frame: Q&A With “Fans, Friends and Followers” Author Scott Kirsner

Freelance writer Amanda Hirsch, former editorial director of PBS Interactive, blogs about documentaries and the Web in her column, Outside the Frame. In his latest book, Fans, Friends and Followers, writer Scott Kirsner explores how a range of artists — filmmakers, comedians, writers and others — are using the Web to build an audience, and

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Outside the Frame: Q&A with PBS Interactive’s Angela Morgenstern

Freelance writer Amanda Hirsch, former editorial director of PBS Interactive, blogs about documentaries and the Web in her weekly column, Outside the Frame. Angela Morgenstern is the senior director of PBS Interactive, where she oversees teams focused on digital content, social media and online video programming. Previously, she earned industry acclaim — and a number

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Outside the Frame: OnBeing – A Multimedia Documentary Case Study

Freelance writer Amanda Hirsch, former editorial director of PBS Interactive, blogs about documentaries and the Web in her weekly column, Outside the Frame. After reading my previous column, someone asked me why OnBeing, the washingtpost.com interactive project, meets my criteria for being more than “video plopped on a webpage.” It’s a fair question: after all,

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Outside the Frame: Multimedia Documentaries: A Call to Arms

Freelance writer Amanda Hirsch, former editorial director of PBS Interactive, blogs about documentaries and the Web in her weekly column, Outside the Frame. “Reality changes; in order to represent it, modes of representation must change.”           — Bertolt Brecht I’m on a mission, and I need your help. I want to

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Outside the Frame: Remixing at SXSW

Freelance writer Amanda Hirsch, former editorial director of PBS Interactive, blogs about documentaries and the Web in her weekly column, Outside the Frame. Amanda is attending South by Southwest this week. In Monday’s Austin American Statesman, columnist Michael Barnes asks if SXSW’s Interactive and Film tracks ought to be combined next year. Interestingly, Barnes’ argument

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Outside the Frame: First Impressions of SXSW 2009

Freelance writer Amanda Hirsch, former editorial director of PBS Interactive, blogs about documentaries and the Web in her weekly column, Outside the Frame. Amanda is attending South by Southwest this week. It’s cold here in Austin — unseasonably cold. They’ve got heat lamps at the outdoor parties and people are carrying coats and scarves with

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Outside the Frame: South by Southwest 2009

Freelance writer Amanda Hirsch, former editorial director of PBS Interactive, blogs about documentaries and the Web in her weekly column, Outside the Frame. South by Southwest (SXSW) is an annual event in Austin, Texas. Part festival, part conference, “South by” — as the regulars call it — encompasses three strands of programming: Interactive, Film and

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Outside the Frame: The World in Photos, Online

Freelance writer Amanda Hirsch, former editorial director of PBS Interactive, blogs about documentaries and the Web in her weekly column, Outside the Frame. Over the past couple of weeks, I conducted an informal survey of how websites ranging from big-name media portals to indie photo blogs use photography to tell stories online. The experience was

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