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Kenyatta Cheese: Professional Internet Enthusiast - an episode of the Justin Hall Show

I'm pleased to present this month's Justin Hall Show episode, an interview with Kenyatta Cheese: Professional Internet Enthusiast. Kenyatta describes how our fandom and media consumption serves as media production and skill-building for community organizing.

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I met Kenyatta in Spring 2006 and we taught a class together: CTIN 499: Portable Video Production and Internet Distribution within the USC School of Cinema-Television: Interactive Media Division. Here's a high-dynamic range photograph of us 9 years prior:

Kenyatta Cheese and Justin Hall - HDR

Long before Vine and YouTube, Kenyatta worked bring video to the internet, at the intersection of art, activism and technology. This has lead him to study viral and meme content, as a co-founder of Know Your Meme, a pioneering popular internet studies service. Early in his career he helped people get video cameras working with computers in backpacks, to allow for live-broadcasting from protests. Now Kenyatta has a company Everybody at Once helping fans of television shows express themselves online.

Kenyatta is playful; it was fun to interview him. And it was good to be able to feature Kenyatta on the Justin Hall Show because Kenyatta directly improved my work. In October 2013 I was just starting to ramp up on making Justin Hall Show episodes, Kenyatta insisted on loaning me his overclocked Lumix GH2 camera. I've learned over time how to make good use of it and it's been a serious upgrade, one that I'm very grateful for. Kenyatta Cheese in the credits of most all Justin Hall Show episodes; and now people watching the series will know the face behind the credits!

Kenyatta and Justin in October 2013

For most of my recent flicks, the plug for Patreon comes at the very end. So someone only sees if they stay past the credits - that's a lot to ask, and I want to see if I can get more folks to sign up if the message comes up at the front. I listened to National Public Radio news here in the US recently, and there was sponsorship reminder aplenty. So up front I put together an updated, integrated promo in the first 30 seconds; we'll see if I get more than the usual 2-3 signups in the next month!

This video came out at the same time as an upgrade to the software I use to edit my videos: Final Cut Pro X 10.2. I dove into presentations from Steve Martin's and Mark Spencer to learn the new capabilities. I allowed myself a fair profusion of 3D titles here. It was fun to play off the spirit in all our online totems - I enjoyed nerding-out on the visual presentation around Kenyatta and his talk of internet folk art.

Episodes are better shorter; I'm aiming for well under 10 minutes these days. Kenyatta and I had a broader discussion lasting 50 minutes. There's some good insights and a broader sense of the arenas in which he's served. I'd like to make a podcast out of it and some of the other conversations I've had! If you would enjoy working with me to make a podcast out of the longer Justin Hall Show interviews, professional or amateur, let's see what we can work out -

As ever I'm eager to continue interviewing and exploring and meditating for you through these videos. If you enjoy this one and/or want to see something different, email me I am grateful for the chance to be animated in cyberspace together in the same era!

BTW - to answer the question at the beginning of the video for myself, I'm not sure I know how to get strangers on the internet to join up with you and do what you want, but you can write & record your experiences and you'll find people who are already doing what you want and together you can see what's next.

Kenyatta Cheese: Internet Enthusiast

๐ŸŒŠ an episode of The Justin Hall Show
๐ŸŒž filmed on location at Orbital, NYC - thanks to Gary Chou

๐Ÿ“ฑ thanks to Ilyse Magy for use of her iPhone 6 to record the interview
๐Ÿ“ท thanks to Kenyatta Cheese for use of his overclocked Lumix GH2 camera to record the introduction
๐Ÿ’ก thanks to Howard Rheingold for studio lights
๐Ÿ“บ thanks to Tom Wiltzius for the studio monitor screen
๐Ÿฐ thanks to Ilyse Magy for editorial feedback

๐Ÿ˜ป photos of Kenyatta Cheese by Tricia Wang and Amit Gupta
๐ŸŽฌ excerpts from Lying Down Game, Numa Numa - Know Your Meme
๐ŸŒ 50,000 particles random walk - Atsushi Tadakoro
๐Ÿ‘พ animated GIF keyboard for iOS - PopKey
๐Ÿ™ˆ Crasher squirrel photo by Melissa Brandts
๐Ÿฑ Nyan Cat by Christopher Torres
๐ŸŽฉ GANGNAM STYLE (แ„€แ…กแ†ผแ„‚แ…กแ†ทแ„‰แ…ณแ„แ…กแ„‹แ…ตแ†ฏ) - PSY
๐ŸŒ Study for Glitch Synthesis - Atsushi Takadoro
๐ŸŒ Experiment of Attraction 2 - Atsushi Tadokoro
๐Ÿ”ฎ crucial.conflict (loop) - Switzon S. Wigfall, III
๐Ÿ”ฎ Empty conference room flip.dream 700.45 (loop) - Switzon S. Wigfall, III
๐ŸŒ Cinder particle test. - Atsushi Takadoro
๐Ÿ—ฝ A Day in Congress - an E.W. Hullinger Production
๐Ÿ”ซ American Troops March Off To War (1943) - US Army Signal Corps

๐ŸŽต Tech Talk - Jason Shaw
๐ŸŽต Laundromatted - Lawrence Grey
๐ŸŽต Fat Caps - Jason Shaw
๐ŸŽต Mastoid (2007) - The Gasman, from Archive
๐ŸŽต Dr. Who Theme - Ron Grainer & Delia Derbyshire
๐ŸŽต Rockitship Long Light Years (Version 2) - Blevin Blectum, from Talon Slalom
๐ŸŽต Vaxin (2013) - The Gasman, from Archive
๐ŸŽต Wrapped in Aw - Blevin Blectum, from Emblem Album
๐ŸŽต Vivaldi's Autumn Mvt 3 Allegro - John Harrison with the Wichita State University Chamber Players
๐ŸŽต Wataridori 2 - Cornelius

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June 2012 dancing in the streets of San Francisco with Ilyse Magy, photo thanks Steve Rhodes on instagram!

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