Monday, August 06, 2007 mobile

MTV has launched MyMTV, a mobile social network. According to 901am (or, more precisely, the press release from Viacom), "MyMTV members can create their own profile pages as well as upload and share video taken on their mobile phones. They will also be able to link to pages created by their friends or content providers."

Beth Kanter from Beth's Blog is heading to the Cambodian Blogger's Summit and is gathering ideas on mobile video blogging (posted on Mobile Active). I was in Cambodia (Siem Riep) about three years ago to conduct trainings with young political leaders and social media never crossed my mind as a tool for them to use. In so many ways, that seems like such a long time ago.


Beth Kanter said...

Hi Allison,

Thanks for the shoutout. I've been to Cambodia in the past, but have not taught technology there. (A little ESL though). So, I am wondering if you have any advice?

I'm both excited and scared!


abf said...

Advice. It's probably strikingly obvious but, for me, it was remembering that the people that you are working with are coming from a completely different life experience. It's beyond class distinctions when you are middle class and working with low income communities in the U.S., for example. It's about working with a population that has seen devastating violence within a generation. It's about poverty that is hard to fathom.

I was there to apply my experience in engaging young people in the U.S. in the political process to do the same in Cambodia and it was difficult. Young people in the U.S. don't get involved in politics, in part, because politicians ignore them. In Cambodia, people avoid politics because aligning with the wrong party could mean physical violence. The participants in my training were incredibly welcoming, but I couldn't get that out of my head. I'm fascinated to hear what comes of your trip.