Nine Years a Nonprofit Part III

My father has put energy into a venture during his retirement called Maple Lawn, a cemetery.  With help from family and friends, including me, the cemetery makes a good impression on visitors.  We began in the fall of 2012, nine years ago, and I’ve been blogging on WordPress in this space of time, kind of about whatever.

July 2014. Having put in nearly two years at Maple Lawn Cemetery, behind this church, I had more of a practiced hand in whatever I did there

We’ve always had a Facebook page, so we can be contacted by means other than the phone, and what Facebook is doing now has been almost mindboggling for me, in a good way, but strange, too.  

https://www.facebook.com/LouthUnited/

Again, today, news reports indicated that Facebook is continuing to combat efforts by Russians to have control in the Presidential race, efforts by Russia that already took aim, in 2016.  I am trying to keep my interest in social media sort of unbiased, but I am perplexed by how Facebook is represented in the news.

In his lifetime author Kurt Vonnegut wrote the novel Bluebeard, he says in the foreword, to reflect on how it was to feel he was starting to get old.  The novel has an ironic, but serious, tone.  When I read it, I felt better about my passing regard for abstract expressionism.

When I was a kid, I had the good fortune to see abstract expressionism.  While I didn’t know anything about it as a kid, I was impressed that an artist could make works like that, and people would admire it as art.  When I was trying out an image to cover my blog, I thought that, in the style of abstract expressionism, the colours blue and green, arranged in solid lines and similar shapes, might prove adequate for the purpose I wanted to blog.

In the very early 2000s, a girl I’d met while she was panhandling for spare funds indicated she had an interest in Livejournal, and to understand her life journey, I needed to “visit” her on both mySpace, and on Livejournal.  That’s where I got a start on the ideas I have about social media, especially blogging (and microblogging), thanks to her.

Both of my grandmas painted.  Before I was adequately brilliant to comprehend, the grip I had was that my grandma, on my mom’s side of the family, painted, and that made her creative.  I didn’t think to separate earning enough money to pay the rent from having a grandmother do some painting, for a diversion.

Not too many people take photos with a camera these days.  It is usually with a phone.  Or else people are more interested in video.

I am glad I can take reasonably intelligent photos.  If I shoot a video I am never as pleased with it as when I take stills.  When I place pictures in the blog, regardless of whether they are messy stock photographs or pictures I save from Google, or photos I have taken myself, I like doing that part especially, adding in the pictures.

November 22, 2014. An empty grave and my father, Peter, who’s the first operator

The odd time I include a photo by family, and as a matter of fact, on the weekend, my godmother left me a comment that made me wonder if she was thinking that I need to do Facebook posts a lot better than I currently am.  I am wondering a little what people make of Zuckerberg’s new idea about the metaverse (and Meta).

There is a very decent possibility I will grind away for the year ahead–it is my intention.  I do what I can with my time.   If you want, you can like this post or follow or comment.

You can also email me at patrickcoholan@hotmail.com

Will this be the #spring in history that sees curtains for YouTube?

While the protests and the petition signatures were clear, the directive to restrict copyrighted material, known as Article 13 in the EU, received a “yes.”

Video on YouTube will likely no longer include “remixed” content once individual nations of the EU establish how they’re going to legislate protection for mainstream media, its images, film clips, and music.  For years now, the Internet has taken liberties in the name of freedom, to borrow from established media and then return to it transformative work, for the purpose of review, satire, parody and other kinds of humor.  This will likely end.

On YouTube, content filters for video uploads could become stodgy, and uninventive.  Removing freedoms to speak with ideas recycled from mainstream media inhibits Internet creators’ ability to articulate.  These come in the form of memes, even when it is an upset to the original, and identities in solidarity with views closely held to championed archetypes.  In the face of traditional media protected by Article 17 in the EU, emerging voices can and will fall by the wayside.

School bus pausing at Louth United Church, St. Catharines

If the nations of the EU no longer can upload or view content that contains copyrighted elements, for YouTube, a platform that facilitates hundreds of millions of hours of new and original video every day, doors are closing for what is a livelihood for hardworking creators.

In addition, the possibility that social accounts would be charged fees to link to webpages is a terrible limitation for small bloggers, with pages that have no hope of affording such a privilege.  This was the spring, 2019, that Articles 11 and 13 became Article 17.  There is every possibility that the restrictions on uploading copyrighted content in the EU will drift into the same freedoms available regardless where the Internet is accessed and overtake them.

A content filter is complex; it could be, despite how valuable original content is for Google and for Facebook and Twitter, that content filters will only function effectively if they are applied universally, and not just in the EU.  This could be a matter of months or years from now, but the challenges facing the EU, by creators on YouTube, and users enjoying social, and the right of Google to chart the world as it’s understood online, should be informing you.  You should at least consider the possibility that you need to be informed.

Photographer:
Kelly Sikkema

An Internet structured around Article 17 will heavily favor the promotion of mainstream media.  Independent voices will lose the opportunity to include portions of copyrighted media, and this could mean a “talking head” style of video on YouTube rather than video containing the freedoms we enjoy now.  All art and video would be required to be free of copyrighted material, which I think is a practical impossibility.

There are creators who thrive on the “remix” of media images or industry music or PC games.  Formerly, they were smart enough to make a living doing that, and exceptionally.  Their opportunities are going to disappear.

The outcome of Article 17 in the EU is only just beginning to take shape, but there will be changes for Facebook and Twitter and YouTube that Article 13 is necessitating, the requirement to filter content video users upload.  Users on the Internet, with the support of the infrastructure of YouTube and Google, will have to strategize differently once Article 17 goes into effect.  It is a sea change.

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The Heritage of Louth United Church in St. Catharines and Maple Lawn Cemetery

We care-take a disbanded church, Louth United, formerly of the United Church, and also the cemetery which is on the church ground.  We’ve done this for about four years, and I’ve helped design a little website for the cemetery, which you can find here:

maplelawncemeteryorg.ipage › oldchurch

 I frequently take photos of our church and cemetery we care-take, I thought I would include one I took October, 2014, which shows the church, and includes the sight of headstones which mark graves.  It is grim but that is where I am once a week, and I maintain the cemetery’s presence on Facebook:  

Facebook › LouthUnited

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