Say what? The next social media app is six seconds of looping video? Last month, Twitter came out with an app called Vine that lets anyone (right now, only using iOS) create a mini-masterpiece on their smartphone. As expected, most are YouTubey (like the amazing scootering Dog below). But we think that, like the tweets and cell phone vids that told the story to the world from Tahrir Square and before that, Iran, the Vine medium right now being juiced by crowdcreativity everywhere, will one day soon creep into the world of news and even commercials and branding. Long live the wisdom of everyone!
We are currently working on a short video on several new Israeli MK's (Members of Knesset), for The Forward website (www.forward.com). Yes, that's the website of the Jewish Daily Forward, which began in 1897 in New York City, as a Yiddish-language daily issued by dissidents from the Socialist Labor Party. Fast forward to 2013, when a new Israeli political party, Yair Lapid's "Yesh Atid" ("There is a Future") surprised everyone and got enough votes to win 19 MK's in the new Knesset. The photo has a few of them. We've already interviewed Rabbi Dov Lipman (on the right in the photo, originally from Maryland), who gained fame last year by defending young girls from harrassment by ultra-Orthodox men in his hometown Beit Shemesh. Yair Lapid reminds us a bit of 2008 Obama: inspiring, lobbying for change and reconciliation, but (especially after four years of Obama), we're not quite sure how much backbone Lapid has. Nonetheless, the idea of an Israeli future is a bit radical: often it seems that the Israeli psyche, after so many wars and untold violence, doesn't quite believe that there IS a guaranteed future. We will focus on Lipman and one other Yesh Atid MK. Watch for this video to come out in the next two weeks.
Tablet Magazine, based in New York City, rules - no other way to put it. We were very happy to make a video for them on the unique Rabbi Menachem Froman, who died recently: Google him, if he draws a blank. He is the rabbi of Tekoa settlement in the West Bank, but at the same time was friends with Yasser Arafat, and had several meetings with Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, the spiritual founder of Hamas. Froman provides a lot more questions than answers. Video's here: