PortsmouthCityWatch.org issues an invitation to all residents to bring your video-capable devices to the Portsmouth City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 8. Since, as noted here and elsewhere, council has ordered the taxpayer purchased and maintained cameras in the council chamber turned off when the non-agenda portion of the proceedings commence, they do not have the final word on the matter. The Honorables may think they can act like the rulers of the People’s Republic of China, but though they can “pull the plug” on a few cameras, they can’t turn off the internet search engines, video streaming, or the creative impulses of our citizenry. Let’s let 100 electronic eyes scan the chamber Tuesday night. Charge up those I-phones, Androids, tablets, cameras, and camcorders; take a few sound checks before the gavel goes down; and prepare to show the “deciders” the power of techno-democracy.
Food for thought, Mayor and Council Members: unlike the “house” videographers who don’t pan the council dais during citizen presentations, we will. Your texting, smirking, sidebar conversations, dozing, and other forms of inattention will be on the record for a change. Enjoy the show!
YouTube, here we come!