Robert Ashton Winslow

is a content producer and artist from Tennessee. In the fall of 2013 while living in New York City and watching that time's government shutdown, I thought of the real implications of political polarization in American life today among all the major changes shaping the future, from global economy to new technology. With a mission, donated equipment, two months' rent, crowdfunded gas money and hard drives, and no video training, I spent 2014 traveling across the South learning documentary, discovering my own country, and asking people all along the way what political polarization means as they see it.

THREE IDEAS HERE:

  • Civics and Self-Government depends on trust, and political polarization represents the loss of that trust. TO REGAIN TRUST, START BY LISTENING, AND BE BETTER UNDERSTOOD. COMMUNICATING IS A LEARNING PROCESS.

  • "DOCUMENTARY EVERYWHERE." THE TECHNOLOGY MAKES SO MUCH MORE POSSIBLE AND MEDIA CULTURE IS STEPPING UP. THIS IS JUST ME DOING IT WITH A CIVIC MISSION. JOIN ME.*

  • THINK OF DIVISIVENESS AND CYNICISM as a media business model. WHAT DO YOU BET THERE'S A RIPE SECONDARY MARKET FOR CIVIC-MINDED HUMAN INTEREST STUFF ABOUT THE FUTURE.

*LET'S RAISE THE BAR.

Producer Robert Ashton Winslow presents the Southern Dialogues civic media concept. Documentary is the art form of nonfiction video content; Southern Dialogues is the experiment in using web video as an opportunity to listen when in real life conversation can feel like a non-starter, and in some way reduce political polarization.

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