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Jeff Gates

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Lead Producer, New Media Initiatives and Managing Editor, Eye Level
New Media Initiatives
Smithsonian American Art Museum
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He is the Lead Producer in New Media Initiatives at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In 2005 he proposed and helped launch the Smithsonian's first blog, Eye Level. He has written about social media's effect organizational structures. Confessions of a Long Tail Visionary speaks to the culture shift taking place as organizations increase their reliance on social media. And his follow-up piece, Clearing the Path for Sisyphus, discusses the transformative effects social media has had on our relationships with our co-workers as organizations move from single voice models to multiple voice interactions.

In his off hours Jeff is a writer, a photographer, and a net-based artist. His writings and commentary can be found on his blog Life Outtacontext. In 1999 he used eBay to auction his personal demographics. In response to 9/11 he created Dichotomy, It Was a Matter of Time and Place, and, to the chagrin of even his most avant garde friends, in 2009 he tweeted his root canal live to dentists across North America. Presently, Jeff is working on a series of posters dealing with the political rancor in American culture under the guise of the Chamomile Tea Party (bringing calm to American political discourse).

Best of the Web History

2012 Vote
Oh Freedom! Teaching African American Civil Rights Through American Art at the Smithsonian
2012 Nomination
Oh Freedom! Teaching African American Civil Rights Through American Art at the Smithsonian
2008 Nomination
Eye Level
2008 Vote
Eye Level

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I attended MW2011.
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