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story ideas.

These will be more fleshed out by Friday but here are some preliminary thoughts on where drones might add a poignant dimension to a story:

  • disappearance: if you fly over a large surface area and can juxtapose and reference the taking away of an object or space of people groups over time.
  • tunnels: the tunnels in parks seem to be popular places to walk over to gaze at other atrractions, but not many know their stories inside-out (terrible pun).
  • trompe l’oeil:  I am curious to see what a whole film would look like if you could  shoot footage in the sky and flip everything upside down to see what the world looks like that way (Umkehrbrille did this with his Upside Down Goggles which you got to try on at the New Museum in 2011).

“i’m real.” -j.lo + ja rule

The ethics surrounding drones makes me uncomfortable. I remember after Ben’s intro lecture on the range of drones (from toys to warfare) and the stance that drones shouldn’t be policed and kept from the people, I pulled Fletcher aside during the break asking if this stance didn’t sound a lot like the gun rights activists’ stance in America. I know it may seem tremendously  naive and matchless, but it was truly the first familiar argument that came to mind.  A week later, I have a somewhat better understanding of the use of drones in the areas of journalism. After a few hours of sifting through the articles posted on Drone Journalism Lab, the capabilities of drones to capture footage from places humans can’t go in nature is incredible. In these cases, it offered more protection than if a person would try and shoot the footage in the same range. This is true of flying a drone over an erupting volcano and a family of giraffes. But in some ways, the heart and soul of journalism has been about the courage and perseverance it takes in digging up stories from people and places. Traditionally, if the story is inaccessible to you, the story can’t get written. And that’s where drones will change journalism as it stands today–  it’s either giving access to stories that couldn’t have been told without it, or it’s providing an entirely new way to tell unscaled stories. Even in the short interaction with the stories posted on Drone Journalism Lab, it’s undeniable that drone journalism is real, but just like everything in Man vs. Machine, there’s a valley of resistance and fear that rises about control and regulation which drone hobbyists and journalists will have to tend to carefully.