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Nezua Named MTV's Street Team '08 Rep for Oregon!

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SOME OF MY regular readers (I do not, at this point, necessarily refer to the bran-eating amongst us, though they are a well-stirred crew, I'm sure) remember the day back in August I casually (you should have seen me, I was sipping a mint julep as I typed) posted on the MTV Choose or Lose '08 Vlogger competition. Others came to this ongoing Chronicle of Nezua when I created a short video auditioning to represent Oregon for the 2008 Presidential Media Hellfest Cycle (that is the proper name, qué no?). And still others joined our Videolicious adventure when I was named one of the three finalists for my state.

Well, I'm sure you can tell I am not winding up this big delivery to announce that I lost! So here is the day I say ¡Órale vatos! for I am now officially operating as the Oregon Street Team Vlogging Citizen Journalist Beauty Queen. Or will be from January 7 to mid-November of '08, at which point I will accept the inevitable invitation to model the next iteration of the iPhone. Anyway, all blushing and preening aside, I am very excited about the larger platform and greater exposure, and I plan to use it to bring as many gorgeous pixels to as many computer and television screens as I can, perhaps sandwiching a few factoids in there as well. Please see me as your personal man on the inside. Of Oregon, too. And who will be sending moss-scented missives out through the mighty mouth of MTV Vloggerland. In fact, if you live in Oregon and have local news, please get in touch. (And Nike, can't you see my face on a sneaker, come on! WRITE MUH PEEPLES! We'll call it the "Sweatshop Stomper," no? We can make it out of hemp. COME BACK!!!)

The presidential candidates can run, but it will be hard for them to hide from the horde of citizen journalists tapped by MTV's Choose or Lose '08 to cover the race for the White House.

A group of 51 youth reporters — one from each state and Washington, D.C. — will follow the 2008 elections and deliver weekly multimedia reports tailored for mobile devices.

Using short-form videos, blogs, animation, photos and podcasts, the reports will be distributed through MTV Mobile, Think.MTV.com, more than 1,800 sites in The Associated Press' Online Video Network and a soon-to-launch Wireless Application Protocol site. The Street Team '08 reporters were carefully selected after an extensive nationwide search, and they represent every aspect of today's youth audience — from seasoned student-newspaper journalists to documentary filmmakers, the children of once-illegal immigrants and community organizers.

They are conservative and liberal, from big cities and small towns, but all are tied together through a passion for politics and a yearning to make the youth voice heard during this pivotal election. The correspondents will begin reporting early next month after an intensive MTV News orientation in New York, during which they'll be armed with laptops, video cameras and cell phones and challenged to uncover the untold political stories that matter most to young people in their respective states.

MTV's Choose Or Lose Taps Young Reporters To Cover Presidential Election

And I get to be "young" again, too! Damn. Free software, camera, laptop, gear and youth, too! Just for being a bigmouth. Oh, if only certain high school administrators could see me now.

Crossposted at The Unapologetic Mexican, Jesus' General, and Culture Kitchen.

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Submitted by MJS on

Congrats, you mysterious Aztec (Olmec? Toltec? Georgia Tech?)! I hope to see you on the Oregon trail!

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Submitted by scarshapedstar on

Stay hard. Stay wet. Stay hungry.

But I still believe
And I will rise up with fists!!

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Submitted by nezua limón xol... on

jeje thanks CD. that was somewhat erotically disturbing, i have to admit. not that that can't be "fun," too. but wasn't what i had in mind for this gig. ;]

thanks for the reminder. its a good one.

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.delusions of un mundo mejor.

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It's from an excellent '80s hair-metal song by the oft-overlooked Raven, appropriately titled "Stay Hard". Myself and a high-school friend put together a CD with that song, some 2 Live Crew, and some other bizarre artifacts, and it became notorious (you had to be there). Anyway, that was his yearbook quote. I guess it doesn't seem particularly congratulatory without that explanation, though.

:P

But I still believe
And I will rise up with fists!!

Submitted by lambert on

it sounds wonderful, and quite an achievement.

Does this mean I can become part of your entourage and "hang out"?

We. Are. Going. To. Die. We must restore hope in the world. We must bring forth a new way of living that can sustain the world. Or else it is not just us who will die but everyone. What have we got to lose? Go forth and Fight!—Xan

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Submitted by nezua limón xol... on

scarshapedstar: firstly, i love your username. its good. i dont say that much, so you know this is pure maple. secondly, i, too, refuse to contain private jokes to their restricted areas. so i appreciate your quote even more now, with the story. i had actually thought i had heard the words before, but was afraid it was just from a personal memory, so chose not to get, er, excited over hearing them.

lambert, i'll see you in the green room! (all it means is that i'll be doing weekly vlogs through MTV's network of new Street Team member/distro channels, more exposure, more chances for masks, etc) we down!

___________________________
.delusions of un mundo mejor.

Submitted by lambert on

I'm feeling this six degrees of separation thing, except it's only one or two!

We. Are. Going. To. Die. We must restore hope in the world. We must bring forth a new way of living that can sustain the world. Or else it is not just us who will die but everyone. What have we got to lose? Go forth and Fight!—Xan

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Submitted by nezua limón xol... on

its wild. the gig is for a whole year, its a weekly vlog, and i'm covering oregon. so anything oregon, or anything local that can apply nationally, or anything that pops up, and anything involving the candidates in OR is all me. there are 51 of us (gotta remember D.C.!), one from each state, like beauty queens or something, which is why i made the joke about that. but each will cover their state, and to tell you the truth, i dont really know how it will go. but thats what is exciting about it, seeing what it manifests as. and yeah, hella cool, as the AP and MTV are the ones who can elevate the content nationally and on MTV stations if they like it (they'll be grabbing selects from all of us and doing stuff like this. anyway, there's a better breakdown/writeup here, dont know if you know mike connery, i met him at the recent immigration strategy meeting in nyc.

if anything i do gets good play, i will let youze guys know. plus, if its all good, i'll post a weekly link and synopsis here when i begin doing the official vlogs in jan (14th i think).

seeya then!
___________________________
.delusions of un mundo mejor.

Submitted by lambert on

Perhaps we should make you one!

It's wonderful. Have at it. There will be YouTubes, I trust? Viral, viral....

We. Are. Going. To. Die. We must restore hope in the world. We must bring forth a new way of living that can sustain the world. Or else it is not just us who will die but everyone. What have we got to lose? Go forth and Fight!—Xan