This site was launched to take a comprehensive look at the intersection between journalism and live streaming video platforms. But it’s difficult to ignore the lessons we can learn from Pericope coverage of the broadening justice movement over the past few days.
For the first time Wednesday night, both mobile and desktop Internet users could follow video reports from demonstrations across the US — live and unfiltered — and without the support or control of traditional cable or network news programming.
And rather than communicating on back-channels — like using Twitter hashtags while watching the news — users can now converse in the same place at the same moment, right inside the mobile applications.
Periscopers also streamed coverage from gatherings in Indianapolis and Tulsa, but there were no Twitter links to be found, possibly due to user settings. So, there could have been more.
Unfortunately, Periscope links go dead 24 hours after streams are completed, and the videos are lost — unless users or viewers make other accommodations to save them. (A future post will take a good look at the full spectrum of present shortcomings.)
While Pericope uptake among journalists appears to be accelerating, there are still very few others streaming from the demonstrations, as we discussed in the last post.
Next, 1,800 people have RSVP’d on Facebook for a “Philly is Baltimore” demonstration planned for late Thursday afternoon— here in the City of Brotherly Love.
To find streaming videos, search Twitter for “Live” plus “Periscope” plus “Philadelphia,” “Philly” or “phl.” “PhillyisBaltimore” seems too long, but time will tell.