Lisa Zenzen Baker, 1961-2003


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

And now, live..

New media phone platform
 puts everyone at the scene

By David Baker
Posted Wednesday April 15, 2015

Two weeks ago, people began using a new iPhone and iPad app that can make everybody a broadcaster. Called Periscope, it can put anybody with a smartphone right at the scene of breaking news, or in someone’s living room for a chat.
In one evening this week, I was on the set in a TV studio as the anchors were on the air, then, during breaks, talking among themselves and to the “visitors” on Periscope - who can send text messages that appear on the screen. A few minutes later I was at the scene of a shooting outside a gas station in the Midwest. Then it was on to a meeting room somewhere in Washington, D.C., where Congressman Bernie Sanders was at a podium addressing a small audience. 
This afternoon, President Obama was in what looked like a elementary school classroom in South Carolina. Most of his casual remarks won’t be on the news but as a teleported visitor, I was in that audience.
In the next few days I will be doing a broadcast. I’ll explain how I came to be writing about lawsuits against medical providers that the newspapers here have ignored. I’ll take questions and respond to comments.
Periscope is now owned by Twitter, and its going to be big. It’s yet enough way of going around the mainstream media - a media that in Albany, N.Y. has ignored dozens of lawsuits alleging avoidable deaths and injuries filed against big advertisers.

I will probably do the first broadcast next week. Check back here for the date and time.