In July, Verizon launched a new hotspot that makes one gigabit (125MB per second) mobile hotspot connections available in Lowertown, Saint Paul. The Verizon 5G MiFi® M1000 Hotspot retails at $650 for a two-year contract, payable at a 0% APR rate for $27 a month or a single payment of $450 (the equivalent of $20.83 a month). For local organizations and artists who have attempted to livestream events or incorporate video conferencing in events, this news opens up a host of new possibilities. The hotspot also allows for guest access, making it simple to provide Internet access at large events.
The original function of this project is no longer necessary. This project was started in a period of low level independent media production from mainly established stationary collectives. Within a few short years the original producers on this site and others had blazed a trail of buses, RVs, airplanes and hotspots that would change the face of independent media saturation in the daily lives of average citizens. We believe in decentralization of ALL power and therefore have disbanded this site.. The MBN incubation chamber is no longer needed becasuse technology has progressed to the point of making mobile journalism accessable to everyone who wants to engage the process. We wish all the new media collectives and neo Paul Revere’s the best of luck in exposing injustice. We hope that the public will not turn away from the hard truths you are telling inorder to spend more time giggling at kittens. And we hope that we all remember to FLOW… with the tech, the transportation, the renewables and most importantly the tactics available to us from both behind and in front of the camera.
Meaning is terrifying. Truth is relentless. Justice is a sword. Truth, liberty, the transcendent ideals that give us value are unconcerned with the temporary comfort of our lives. They are unconcerned with the minuscule, if measurable at all, time we walk this earth. They are the space and time of our experience. They are the theater of our evolution. We will all soon be in caskets, cremated, gone. It is our actions that pave the road by which a greater humanity may walk. we have become too concerned with the microscopic stylings of our own existence. Alone, we are less than tear drops. Together, we are a great river whose source is unknown.
Just days after the Associated Press announced, “Obama Targets College Sexual Assault Epidemic,” the attention of the Los Angeles art world shifted to the sleepy college town of Pomona, for the opening of “#sweetjane,” an exhibition of new work by Andrea Bowers. Co-hosted by Pitzer College Art Galleries and Pomona College Museum of Art, the exhibition explores the events, circumstances, and implications of an August 2012 teen rape case in Steubenville, Ohio. The celebratory sense of the opening night reception proved a sharp counterpoint to the heartbreaking but vital work.
It’s a story that’s captured national headlines: two high school football stars accused of raping a 16-year-old, who was too incapacitated to resist, at an August party, in Steubenville, Ohio. Since then, their friends discussed it — and at times posted photos from the ordeal on social media. It reached national attention courtesy of a December New York Times story that painted the picture of a town so obsessed with football it looked the other way. Meanwhile, the hacker group Anonymous has stoked the public fire by hacking the computers of several people involved with the case and releasing their personal information, as well as by leaking videos related to the case. Local independent journalist and Rustbelt Radio reporter Don Carpenter has been covering the case in Steubenville since the Times story broke. He recently spoke to City Paper.