I unfortunately had to part ways with Disobedient Media today. We are headed in different directions with both being equally necessary and now. I genuinely have nothing but the utmost of respect for Disobedient Media as an investigative journalism outfit, and will be continuing to support their technology needs to enable them to succeed at what they do and how they do it.
Disobedient Media is going to be a big part of bringing the truth about (((The Swamp))) into the light of day. And, you're going to want to be able to say you saw it at the source. They will make history, and I am honored to have been a small part of that.
The system known as Disobedient Media Live is based on the Decentralized Open Platform. And, live.disobedientmedia.com is likely to continue (in some form) as a service to auto-aggregate news, blast it to Twitter, etc., every ten minutes as one of the Internet's only unstoppable sources of real news. And boobies. For whatever reason, 'that one feed' just has to mix the news with boobies. And, I will never build a filter for that. Neither will DM. Those boobies have no bias. They are the truth. And, this is fine.
DOP was built for the constant delivery of real-time media at scale. All media. Everything. Text, audio, video and some things you haven't even considered possible. I truly mean everything. But, this is just not what DM does. They research until they find truth, then they write about it. And, for the love of all things sacred and holy, this should never change.
What ended up making the most sense was to decentralize what was happening here in terms of advanced media publishing.
I have a lot going on in my life that I don't bitch about online in a non-stop stream and apologize for letting that bleed into this effort. I will live the rest of my life saying, "I probably could've handled that better," as many an HR department has tried to explain to be before. But, I push hard. The error here was pushing this team in a direction they aren't comfortable going. There is simply no excuse to traverse the ask, tell, force paradigm. I'm sorry.
Media, generally, is a passionate industry. It's why (I swear) I struggle to stay behind the scenes and just make things happen. I am not a "customer-facing" person. I'm a programmer trying to show people how something works and my life right now has it where being ignored is beyond frustrating. So, rants happened.
The average difficulty of my day is something that shouldn't bleed into the lives of others. It did.
What ended up making the most sense was to decentralize what was happening here in terms of advanced media publishing. DM needs a blog. As of today, they do not need microphones, cameras, lights, a set, etc. They simply aren't in your face 24/7 with anything. When they drop a report, the world changes. Depending on which chapters of which book(s) you read, God took a week. So...yeah. DM is impressive. It is.
It's why I was here.
What is likely here is that live.disobedientmedia.com is going to become a great place for DM to publish and for their readers to discuss the news in new ways if they like it. And, if not, then DM will likely just remain a WordPress blog with Disqus comments. It works. That is seriously all that matters. It works. They publish.
Another reason Live will likely stay here is automatic news aggregation and tweets. Even if no one is using the rest of the whole service, simply having a searchable archive of automatic news means the Internet isn't as censored as it would be without it. Because DM knows this is a big world and the truth is having trouble finding its way. So, what this service does has value. And, what DM adds to this service by simply being among you here to join the conversation is very valuable.
Over time, I half expect live.disobedientmedia.com to just outright replace WordPress as the domain's primary publishing technology. Because this system is about to go ballistic.
And, for details about that? Well...you're just gonna have to keep an eye on the front page of disobedientmedia.com. Because if they think whatever's happening next is news? That is where their discussion about it will be :)