Brad & Phil’s Information R/evolution 25 November, 2007Posted by paralleldivergence in Brad & Phil, education, film review, Half-Life 2, Humor, ICT in Education, Internet, Life, My Thoughts, technology, Web 2.0.
In early 2007, I discovered an amazingly-constructed video on YouTube by Dr Michael Wesch, an Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University. The title of his video is “The Machine is Us/ing Us” and in under 5 minutes he managed to grab my attention like nothing else in recent times. If you’ve never seen this video, you really must- but you also must concentrate on it for full effect.
Hopefully, you would have noticed that the video techniques he used were perfect for the message being carried. It is for this reason that I included his video in various Web 2.0 seminars I presented during the year. It’s amazing to think that this video was not professionally produced – rather Dr Wesch created it alone at home using a couple of off-the-shelf Windows programs.
Well, the great thing is that Dr Wesch has been at it again, using similar, but sometimes unique techniques to tell another story – “The Information R/evolution“. It appears the play on words he uses effectively in his titles are becoming part of a series, and his titles, like the entire videos are designed to make the viewer think – something I try to promote through all of the articles I post here at Parallel Divergence.
Now, while Dr Wesch’s new video is very good, I have found it’s not as accessible at his first video. The reason is probably the more restricted range of the subject matter being addressed in comparison. You also really have to focus on this new video a lot more to obtain its desired effect. So while I wanted to feature his new video as well in this article, I thought it could use some context.
To this end, I decided to create a “wrapper” story around “The Information R/evolution” using the Brad & Phil characters that have become so popular through their regular comics at Parallel Divergence and at Happydevil Comics. In this debut for Brad & Phil as video stars, they help to set a context for Dr Wesch’s video, which is included in its entirety.
With school education being my particular focus when it comes to Information & Communications Technologies, I’ve made Brad & Phil set the scene before this powerful video takes over. They then return at the end to close it off. Of course, unlike Dr Wesch, I did not make this alone, my teenage son made all of the separate images for me using Garry’s Mod and Comic Life Deluxe and I put together the video using Memories on TV (Home Edition).
I hope you enjoy “Brad & Phil’s Information R/evolution“. Please add your comments below.