The Asbo culture has been tackled through the power of web TV, thanks to a new project by Birmingham web broadcaster c21VOX and the University of Central England.
The pair have worked with a group of young people from south Birmingham to produce a digital TV debate to be streamed on a website discussing the issue of antisocial behaviour.
The 30-minute Am I anti-social.com programme, which was filmed using equipment from UCE's Technology Innovation Centre, features recordings of street interviews with members of the public and reports made by the group. Selly Oak MP Lynne Jones was also interviewed in the TIC's studio by the young producers.
The four-week project also offered programme-production training from c21VOX. Paul Murphy of c21VOX said: "Antisocial behaviour is a contentious subject.
"The use of Asbos has seen a category of offence that has damaged the image of modern youth. It has the potential to negate the distinction between young people’s over-exuberance and genuinely antisocial behaviour.
"We wanted to view the situation from a youth perspective and give them a voice under the ‘Am I anti-social?’ banner using the latest modern broadcast media."
The TIC studio, filming equipment and internet connection were provided the TIC’s Interactive Media Centre (i-Media) team as part of the Media Vault digital training programme.
Steve Smith, head of i-Media said: "We came to know c21VOX through assisting them in the first phase of our government-sponsored Media Vault project about three years ago.
"The initial scheme saw us help some 200 small West Midlands enterprises develop their screen-based media activities. We’ve seen c21VOX make great strides and are delighted to support their community-focused activities."
The TIC has recently secured a second round of funding for Media Vault which, in its first phase, saw around 250 jobs created across 200 creative enterprises.