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Win the Companion Book to ‘Patti Smith: Dream of Life’!

In honor of the broadcast of Patti Smith: Dream of Life and Patti’s birthday, we’re giving away 10 copies of the companion book! The book Patti Smith: Dream of Life is filled with more than 400 pages of evocative photographs, and beautifully published by Rizzoli press. Elle magazine says: “Coffee-table books, by definition, aren’t meant

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Vote for POV

POV has long had a presence at SXSW’s film festival. For SXSW 2010, we’ve submitted a panel idea to SXSW Interactive. Please vote for our panel, titled “First Person Storytelling: My So-Called Digital Life.” Moderator Amanda Hirsch, who writes the Outside the Frame column for this blog, will recruit an array of digital storytellers to

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Outside the Frame: Q&A with NPR Social Media Strategist Andy Carvin

Freelance writer Amanda Hirsch, former editorial director of PBS Interactive, blogs about documentaries and the Web in her column, Outside the Frame. If you meet Andy Carvin, it’s almost certain that he’d tweet about it — and for a brief moment, the 11,000+ people who follow him on Twitter would know your name. He might

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Outside the Frame: Twitter: The Mother of All Travel Documentaries

Freelance writer Amanda Hirsch, former editorial director of PBS Interactive, blogs about documentaries and the Web in her column, Outside the Frame. With the economy in the toilet, many Americans will be skipping their summer vacations this year — but thanks to Twitter, the opportunities to experience other people’s travels vicariously are greater than ever.

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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: 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: Documenting Government in Real Time

Freelance writer Amanda Hirsch, former editorial director of PBS Interactive, blogs about documentaries and the Web in her weekly column, Outside the Frame. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) cheated on her diet Saturday night. I know this not because the Senator and I are close, personal friends, but because I follow her on Twitter. McCaskill blogs

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