Come on folks, don't disappoint me! Chance of a lifetime!! I hope to hear some SoundCloud samples tomorrow morning!
PS> Steve, get out of bed and get down to Pennsylvania Ave!
Considering we're all unified through sound I'll really try to leave this as politics free as possible. I really hope this thread doesn't turn into a political debate.
As interesting as it might be historically, I'm not sure how much of it would be usable considering it's all chants of "USA, USA, USA", "We Are The Champions" and "Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye".
Personally I'm not really sure if I'd want proof of such a mass amount of people gloating about someone's death, even considering who it is and the negative impact that this individual has triggered to ripple effect the entire world. Especially when considering how controversial the subject is. Actually, I sort of would want the recording for personal and historical reasons... but I'm not sure I'd ever use it for anything except maybe the lulls between the chants. They're very time/place specific (and very content specific) and you wouldn't really be able to get away with using them in something except a historical documentary without someone noticing considering all the mass media coverage.
To be honest, the whole "gloating" thing kind of really gives me the creeps. It's nice to have (a bit of) closure to the situation and I know what that means to (directly) thousands and potentially billions of people, but it really sucks to know the steps that have been tread to get here and the way "we" as a group, as "Americans" will be perceived for all of the "celebrations" and "gloating". I'm happy about the situation on one hand and sad/disappointed on the other and the best way to sum that up is a quote I found floating around earlier that I thought was a little apropos:
“I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.”
— Mark Twain
Since I've never had to deal with Public Recording rights then I'm wondering what the legal ramifications of using such a recording would be. I know for images/film you typically have to get a waiver... but I suppose the news gets away with it, so why can't we?
So, um, yeah. I totally missed the boat on this one. But hopefully my blunder can become a good lesson for all of us.
Once in a lifetime sound can happen at any time. Being prepared with the right gear doesn't amount to a hill of beans if you don't show up to the session. Learn to recognize the opportunities that present themselves and participate in them.
This may mean you have to get out of bed.
I vote for Steve Urban to be the chosen one.
Well, at least the AP got it.
Ground Zero, NYC
White House, Washington, DC
hangs head in shame...