Lizzie Widdicombe: The Vice Guide to the World : The New Yorker
I thought this was an interesting article as it made me head over to www.vice.com so that I could check out some of their original content. I have enjoyed some of their HBO show so wanted to see their shorter offerings. Their featured video Fresh off the Boat: NYC-Part 1 was the first video I watched as it was the first to come up and seemed recent. It’s a show about Eddie Huang who seems to be a sitcom producer but I didn’t know much more than that from the hip title sequence- maybe he is an immigrant? I guess it’s a travel show where Eddie takes us to local places? I did like the Shanghai episode where I learned he is from Hunan, China and incidently is a restauranteur.
The other video I watched was titled Lebanon’s Illegal Arms Bazaar and I liked that piece much more as it was reported by Aris Roussinos and was a more traditional voice in conflict reportage. I liked the access they gave me to the gun dealers “behind the news” and how they interjected meaningful questions within the logistics of how all this worked. One of the young masked men that he spoke to was maybe 18 so it drew me in and made me want more.
It reminded me of GNN, or the Guerrilla News Network from years ago. But they aren’t really relevant anymore are they? Don’t get me wrong, I would work for them in a second. I just wonder how they are able to fund all these offices around the world. From the article, I learned that they support themselves from a combination of ventures including an ad agency called Virtue and utilizing sponsored content. The most interesting quote from the article was from Shane Smith, one of the founders who follows two copted internal rules: simplify then exaggerate. “We want you to love us or hate us. We just don’t want you to be indifferent”.