The Resident is an countercultural online video show, which covers social commentary, political issues, interviews with creative people, alternative news stories, and more. Segments include Vlogs, on-the-street fun, and one-on-one interview segments. The grassroots show started online in 2000 and moved to New York City TV a couple years later. It now continues to run weekly in both media, at http://www.theresident.net and on MNN's channel 67.Host Lori Harfenist also has a recurring role as an activist reporter on “G Word,” which airs nationally every Monday through Thursday at 7PM on Discovery’s new channel, PlanetGreen.Since it’s inception, “The Resident” has received many credits, including:• Named One of the Best Internet Personalities by Yahoo!• One of YouTube’s All-Time Most Subscribed• Featured frequently on YouTube and Yahoo! Video homepages• TV Guide Vlog Award, 06/2006• Guest Speaker at YouTube’s Business Development and Sales Conference• Panelist (“Digital Distribution”) at NATPE’s LA TV Fest, 2007• Provides regular segments to CNN, FoxNews, and DirecTV• Panelist on Roland Martin CNN special for the CNN/YouTube Democratic Presidential Debates
http://www.theresident.net - In today’s day and age, we seem to be losing a sense of compassion and empathy for our brothers and sisters in our society as a whole. All this rhetoric that encourages selfishness, ruthlessness, and disassociation: it seems to be reaching a fever-pitch. A search for the antithesis of that led me to CEO, the Center for Employment Opportunities, and the Released Project, which is on exhibition at the New York Public Library. Their work is really great.
http://www.theresident.net - Our culture is inundated with stupidity today. People aspire to shallow fame, heaps of money, and other empty goals. With that in mind, I began to search for anyone who might be striving to push forward the boundaries of the intelligence of humanity, instead of the base regression on which the media tends to focus. This brought me to the USA Memory Championship, which was FREAKING AWESOME. This week’s video is a must-see, if you need a little help feeling better ab...
http://www.theresident.net - In 2008, Ikea came to Brooklyn, covered in a cloud of controversy. Residents thought it would ruin the neighborhood, taking up too much waterfront real estate, causing traffic nightmares and sucking the culture out of their turf. Ikea promised to create jobs and a state-of-the-art park for residents to enjoy. Of course, Ikea won the battle and moved in. The controversy died out. Four years later, what does the neighborhood look like?
http://www.theresident.net - I hated all my philosophy courses in college, because I already knew everything we were forced to dissect in discussion. What a punk I was! Today, I’m still a punk who knows everything. And I am not alone. This week’s video explains why.
http://www.theresident.net - I support President Obama’s initiative to clean up our healthcare system and to ensure we are all insured. I think everyone deserves to go to a doctor and get medicine when they are sick. Contraception, however, does NOT enter into that equation. This week’s video is dedicated to all the folks out there who like to pigeonhole me as a lefty NYC liberal.
http://www.theresident.net - Ridiculous fad diets continue to abound – and continue to astound This Resident. Eat well, sleep well, drink a lot of water, and exercise. That’s it, people. Every damn day, do this, and you will be fit, you will be healthy, and you will be smarter. No, really. Do this, then have a conversation with a person on a cleanse, or doing another fad diet, and see who’s smarter. See? I told you.
http://www.theresident.net - I’m not presenting any historical evidence or case studies here, though I’m sure they exist – and I encourage you to please share any relevant references in the comments. This week, I’m sharing from my today - it might change in the future.
http://www.theresident.net - The grocery delivery service, Fresh Direct, is supposed to be great. If I were to use it, though, I would be taking business away from my neighbors, whom I live beside and care about. This is me, walking the tightrope between the progress of humanity and the adherence to what is good for community. I believe in progression, I believe mankind must continue to evolve and create and go further. But I don’t believe ALL progress is good, if it comes at the expense of cu...
http://www.theresident.net - When I walk around Times Square looking for interviewees, I purposefully look for interesting people. People with a spark in their eye, people laughing or talking animatedly, people who look deep in thought, people wearing hats – they are ALWAYS good to talk to – and people with interesting hair. The latter drew me to this man. I admit it; I did not recognize one of our greatest minds as he strolled through Times Square. I, the girl who just got a telescope and has...