Monday, February 23, 2009

Post with the Most on Tom Paine's Ghost

The above scene is one of ten panels that adorn the double doors to the octagonal building known as the baptistry in the center of Florence, Italy. In 1401 a competition was held among the sculptors of the day for the privilege of creating these doors. Doors Michelangelo would later dub the "gates of paradise." The use of point perspective and heightened human realism marked the end of the dark ages and the beginning of the Renaissance. As we emerge from eight years of darkness perhaps a competition in the context of New Media can facilitate the evolution of our communication.

Tom Paine's Ghost is excited to announce the first annual TPG Composition Competition.

A $100 cash prize will be awarded for the most aesthetically powerful multi-media blog post.

Post content is limited only by the bounds of imagination. Keep in mind Tom Paine's Ghost was founded amidst a battle to defend freedom of the press and we hope to echo that theme throughout our pages.

Submissions will be selected and judged on the basis of four criteria:

1. Clarity
2. Originality
3. Integration (at least three forms of media must be utilized, images, text, movies, audio, etc.)
4. Power (the post's ability to motivate readers to action).

Submissions will be accepted until April 2, 2009. Submit entries by email to Tom Paine's Ghost. Please submit HTML for your post within the body of the e-mail. If you would like to submit a link to your own blog please write a three to four sentence primer to be published on TPG along with your link. Selected submissions will be posted here at TPG and voted on by our panel of citizen judges. The winner will be announced on April 22, 2009 and will be notified by email. Whether this is your first post or your one thousandth all submissions will be reviewed.

Cheers to revolution via evolution!

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