The entire history of human expression, slightly abridged
The movie section has been over for about a week and a half, and I’m just getting around to making a Youtube playlist of everybody’s videos so that anybody who wants to can poke around and see what we’ve been doing. We’re also halfway through the term, and it’s good to be reminded at this point of how much awesome work that has been done.
This is especially true as we head into the last two weeks (after break) of audio, a medium that everybody seems (maybe this is just an illusion?) to feel much less at home in (less conversant with?) than video. Part of that has to do with people’s regular media consumption, I think. That having been said, everybody in class seemed to be really challenged by both the storytelling styles of the radio shows that we listened to and even, somewhat, by the act of focused listening. I don’t want to overstate this. But, still, it’s cool listening to these shows with a group of highly intelligent people who don’t listen to radio that much. I listen to about twenty hours a week, probably, so, you know, there’s that.
So in the middle of audio, I went back and looked at everyone’s videos, pausing now and again to re-watch a few, favorite movies and movies that I didn’t remember that well. I’m struck, first, by the diversity of the offerings and simultaneously surprised by the overlap. I’ve talked a little bit about crossover themes/ideas/styles before on the blog and on twitter, but, briefly, a few thoughts to connections between students’ videos:
Some of these are direct responses to readings (will it blend and numa numa, for example, were both mentioned in our readings), some are responses to popular culture (harlem shake, supercuts, reenacted scenes from movies, re-cut music videos and trailers), and some are much more personal.
Maybe someone else sees some other forces at work connecting all of these videos. If so, leave your thoughts in the comments area below. Either way, enjoy the show.