May 16, 2006

One Man Media Machine

Kevin Sites is now reporting from Nepal in his grand tour of world trouble spots. There was an old Al Frankin SNL skit where Frankin plays a one-man foreign corespondent operation. He carries all his equipment, camera, satellite uplink, and so on, on his back. The joke is that the equipment is so heavy Frankin can't even move.

But today the gear has gotten so small, slick, and just plain cool, that you can become a one-man media machine. Kevin does video, pictures and text reporting and can beam it all back to base on his Satellite Modem. With just ten pounds of gear you can now cover the world. Which won't slow you down when you have to run. And judging by the list of countries he's been to, being able to run for your life seems like a requirement.

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