Friday, April 18, 2008

Crowdsourcing... sort of

I think this is brilliant for at least two reasons.

Firstly, it's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson from the greatest band in the world playing at a Foo Fighters concert. I mean, how cool is that? Brilliant.

Secondly, there's how the video was created. It has become almost standard for people to use their cameraphones to record live events and almost always what they do with the recordings is post them to YouTube. So lots of people are at a Foo Fighters concert, Geddy and Alex turn up, lots of people video it and many then post it to YouTube. So far so good. What vidiot4u2 did is what I think is brilliant. He edited and remixed the various cameraphone videos to create a multi-angle view of the performance. He has created something greater than the sum of the parts.

It's the blind men and the elephant... except someone has taken all the partial views and shown us the pachyderm! Useful in education? I think so... Oh wait a minute, YouTube is banned in schools! Bah!

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Mr W said...

Get enough people videoing the same event and posting it to YouTube (for example) and you can start editing your own news reports with (potentially) more extensive coverage and less editorial interference...

OK, it's not going to be the future of the news per se, but it does suggest some new angles for teaching media studies...

David said...

Definitely interesting possibilities for considering different viewpoints.

As an addendum to my post... We were watching Dr Who the other week and there was a scene where wee blocks of fat sprouted legs and were walking through crowded streets in London. The programme showed the reaction of drivers, pedestrians etc. to the aliens.

"That's not right!", said Daughter Number 2. AT first, I thought she meant the effect was poor... but it turned out she was complaining that the people were just pointing and talking on their mobile phones. She said the first thing most people would do would be to use their cameraphones to record it... I think she's probably right.

john west said...

You tube isn't banned in this school.....yet. My school blog doesn't get a link on the school website though