Actually we don’t. We need more fake reality shows.

San Francisco: Flip This Mayor
There must be something in the water at Oakland’s City Hall which makes people stupid.

San Francisco’s unemployment rate stands at 7.6 percent, below the national average and the third-lowest unemployment rate in California, as city officials say the number of tech jobs in the city nears levels not seen since the first dot-com boom.

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Tune in for the drama in city hall, as city officials labor hard to prove their are “creating jobs”. Mayor Stan Usual was elected on a split opposition vote, and has no mandate. He is dealing with a water issue, but it is not stupidity, but lead. As the tech industry dries up, before the tumbleweeds are spotted blowing through SoMa, city council people have developed a new job sceme involving portable structures made from aluminum cans. Who will win this epic community battle for the hearts and minds of the city? Stay tuned….
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photo credits

cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo by echoman: http://www.flickr.com/photos/80154053@N00/151680058/

cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo by slworking2: http://flickr.com/photos/slworking/3875709508/

cc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo by Thomas Hawk: http://flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/2934728223/

Hence a new ds106 assignment, partly inspired by the formula of the Album cover assignment, Really Reality TV The tags for this assignment are DesignAssignments, DesignAssignments342

  1. Use the Reality TV Show name generator to get a title for the show.
  2. Do a Google search on the show title name.
  3. Use the first paragraph found on the 5th result of the search as the first part of the show description.
  4. Use the last paragraph found on the 10th result of the search as the second part of the show description.
  5. Find three creative commons licensed images to represent a protagonist on the show, the setting, and one example of action. Combine them into a three panel show banner. Be sure to credit the sources in your blog post
  6. On your blogpost, write in the elevator pitch for the show, and a tag line for it appearing on ds106 TV.
  7. Sit back and wait for Spielberg to contact you. He is into TV these days.

So for my show, I generated this name, “San Francisco: Flip This Mayor”:

My google search results (which who knows if ever are unique?)

Result five was a link to 1st sentence from 5th result “the tattler: Occupy Oakland…Mayor Quan flip-flops! Cops cry foul!” where the first paragraph was There must be something in the water at Oakland’s City Hall which makes people stupid. (that is definitely show material).

The 10th search result was Tech company move boosts SF mayor’s branding push, where the last paragraph was:

San Francisco’s unemployment rate stands at 7.6 percent, below the national average and the third-lowest unemployment rate in California, as city officials say the number of tech jobs in the city nears levels not seen since the first dot-com boom.

That leads me to search terms in compfight for “Oakland City Hall”, “Mayor”, and “Tech jobs”, giving me these three photos:

Ogawa

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom

http://www.flickr.com/photos/18548283@N00/3875709508/

I set up a blank photoshop document with a black background, and dragged and dropped the downloaded photos (500px size) right in there- you can move and resize them as smart objects, then added some text, and boom! Done.

The last bit was to write the pitch for the show.

Shiznit! Reality TV is done.

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at CogDogBlog.com on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.

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