This blog is called farlane.blog, but it relies a lot on shadowy figures, especially the one who passed me a link to VBS.tv, specifically their series on North Korea. You can start at Episode 1: The South’s DMZ. The link to #2 sent me to a video of Manila’s mega-dump and the people who live there , so click around if you go to the wrong one of their many shows. They say:
VBS is an online broadcast network. We stream original content, free of charge and 24 hours a day. We carry a mix of domestic and international news, pop and underground culture coverage, and the best music in the world. People have used words like eclectic, smart, funny, shocking, and revolutionary to describe VBS, but we kind of just snapped our fingers in their faces and went, “Whatever. Tell us something we don’t know.”
With Academy Award-nominated director Spike Jonze (Adaptation, Being John Malkovich) as our creative director, original content from a veritable United Nations of contributors, and bureaus in 20 countries, VBS has hit the planet in a manner not unlike a massive global plague. Streaming on VBS’s signature “in-room” widescreen and remote, content will be available all the time, on-demand.
Basically, VBS will exploit every utopian vision the internet has thus far failed to live up to.
For more of an an idea of who they are and where they plan to go, watch their video mission statement. (the web designer in me is also wowed by their interface)
About the Photo: It’s titled Laughing North Korean soldiers and it’s part of a very cool photo set A glimpse of North Korea (slideshow) by photojournalist Natalie Behring. Natalie is based in China and has photos from all over that you should check out through chinapix at Flickr or www.nataliebehring.com.