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This texteo creates montage with three elements in a dialectic: the ideas of feminist documentary filmmaker and theorist Barbara Halpern Martineau (her videos are not on YouTube to include), text describing lessons I learned from LFYT 2007, and a related video. In my blog post "On Slogans" I write: "I ask you to think of the following slogans—penned by committed artists from long-past revolutions, times, and places, and then followed by my own slogan responses—as a call to arms for how we might better muster today's technology to contribute to an ongoing project of improving the possibilities for presentation, interpretation, and abstract social evaluation, human interaction, perception, and epistemology, through media praxis."
According to Wikipedia, "Peter Oakley (born 20 August 1927), is a pensioner from Leicester, England. He is better known by his pseudonym geriatric1927 on the popular video sharing website YouTube ... By mid 2006, geriatric1927 was the most subscribed user channel on YouTube." [cit]

Barbara Halpern Martineau (also known as Sara Halprin) "was a faculty advisor to the first women's studies course offered at the University of Toronto (1971). She began researching and writing about women's films and writings and was part of the first wave of feminist/women's film festivals in NYC."[cit]

Documentary scholars and producers debate about the effective use of the talking head. While it is most common to advise avoiding too much of a person talking in medium-shot, radical traditions committed to oral history and self-expression of disenfranchised communities have advocated the use of this style.

One of my ten founding terms for this project is access. A greater number of individuals from more diverse cross-sections of society need to make, see, and understand radical or expressive media.
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"By empowering ordinary people to speak as experts, they question a basic assumption of dominant ideology, that only those already in power, those who have a stake in defending the status quo, are entitled to speak as if they know something."– Barbara Halpern Martineau [cit]

YouTube allows everyone and anyone (with access to the technologies) to speak about everything and anything they please. Alone in a room, ranting or confessing, the much-maligned talking head of serious documentary proves to be YouTube's DIY device of choice. You speak; I listen. But without context, who cares? And, more critically, then what?