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Andrew Demeter: New Media, New Possibilities – Teen Political Coverage & IBC 2014


Visionaries don’t have to be geniuses. While attending IBC 2014 in Amsterdam and seeing all the amazing technological advances, remember that for a successful vision you need an idea, the right atmosphere for the idea to grow, and drive. Improved and expanding technologies allow new possibilities to a steadily increasing range of people. The new media isn’t all cat videos and gratuitous sex. Tenacity and vision will be what truly unlocks the potential of our sweeping technological advancements. As our technology improves, the cost to be tabulated on a global scale continues to drop. The potential for the free exchange of ideas makes the internet a great equalizer. Status quo can be shaken up more easily, now that it’s much harder to sweep ideas and communication under the rug.

At a time when most teenagers are burning the midnight oil leveling up their characters on X-box or nervously planning their next date, there are some who give heed to that ancient credo carpe diem. These rare few seize the day, embrace the time they inhabit, and strive for excellence. Andrew Demeter is one such teen; he sees the potential of the times in which he lives and the technology we have available right now but still fail to use to its full potential. Mr Demeter is a teen in age but a man in Drive and Vision. At the ripe old age of 16 he has already found his path and started down the road.

Andrew Demeter first came to national attention with his short documentary “We the People Genetically Modified?” He filmed it under the Teen Take label. It was a submission to a contest run by cSpan. This link is for that video (top of page) followed by an article About Andrew Demeter (Bonchak 2014). www.news-herald.com/general-news/20140318/notre-dame-cathedral-latin-student-earns-top-honor-in-c-span-contest.

Part of his prize for winning that contest was a trip to Washington DC with the other top finalists in cSpan’s contest. While he was their one of the stops on cSpan’s DC tour was a visit with Nancy Pelosi with house minority leader. During that interview, he asked Ms Pelosi an insightful question that, by all appearances, caught her flat footed. Apparently, she was expecting a more ‘fluffy’ interview/question. For a brief video of that encounter watch www.youtube.com/watch?v=St8vksfTvWw.

The world is changing and some people, as always, are ahead of the curve and already moving to enact ‘the next big thing.’ Demeter feels disenfranchised, as do many teens, partially because of the prohibition of not being able to vote until the age of eighteen. The obvious doubletalk and obfuscation coming all too often from both sides of the aisle has thinking teens unnerved and somewhat confused as well. Demeter’s goal now is to use this moment in the sun to campaign to raise money for a news program entirely run by teens of all political stripes in an attempt to get a fresh look at our evolving politics. What he’s attempting to do is get real answers about pressing questions from politicians as well as get those teens that are apathetic about politics involved. This project will be called Politicast and he plans to run it under the Teen Take label. www.indiegogo.com/projects/politicast-the-first-news-channel-run-by-teens

Demeter is attempting to raise $50,000 to fund this revolutionary concept so a fully functional teens-only news studio can be built. He’s attempting this via the aid of social media thru a crowd-sourcing organization IndieGoGo landing.indiegogo.com/indiegogo-basics/?r=adw_www_us_0000_adw00004_000000gg_002_2000_indiegogo&gclid=CLyf2NmwqMACFQQSMwod7T4AyQ.

The term “crowd-sourcing” was coined in 2005. The concept of crowd-sourcing isn’t new, but the level at which it can now function thanks to social media conveyed via the internet is astronomical. It’s another one of those things we are just starting to now realize can be done.

The Baby boomers, Generation X, and the oldest of Generation Y (millennials) are the ones running things now. The newest generation doesn’t have an ‘official’ name yet, so far it’s Generation Z/ Boomlets/ the we generation/etc. The millennials and this newest generation are truly going to be the ones driving the increasingly media-heavy cultures of this century’s first world nations. The older generations are held back in their vision, in part because so much has gone before. Our technology keeps increasing in speed, and the youth do not have their minds cluttered with records, 8-track tapes, leaded gasoline, and Betamax. Our times mark us.

We are not so mired in the past that we can’t see opportunity and potential but the point is it’s a teenager that conceived and is avidly attempting to execute this teen news idea. The new media is a tool available to everyone with the internet and a government that isn’t too restrictive.

To Andrew Demeter and the rest of the younger generations, there has never been a time without the Internet. Age can bring wisdom, but with it comes a degree of mental clutter. I remember Gasoline prices in the double digits and a time when there were no PC’s. The youth can definitely learn valuable lessons from those with experience, although many fail to do so; that is their burden.

But it’s important that those of us with more experience to realize that we can learn from the young as well. Knowledge isn’t a one way street. The internet and social media now bring us knowledge from all directions. No generation has a lock on visionary ideas. Knowledge is power. To the Andrew Demeters of the world – we, at Broadcast Beat, say ‘More power to you’ and ‘keep up the good work!’

Anthony Rogers

Anthony Rogers

Anthony Rogers is a freelance writer/author currently plying his trade within the broadcast, post-production and studio areas of the media world.He has contributed many articles to Broadcast Beat and appears in Broadcast Beat Magazine frequently.
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