ABOUT MY CONCEPT
My Concept- in 60 video is about the ways technology has improved our relationships with one another. However, I highlight how our reach through technology, makes our experience in person better as well. Human contact is an important part of life, because our humanity, our faith and common ground in that aspect of life is what makes our relationships to relatives and strangers so incredible and unique.
I begin with our first inventions of long distance communication devices, such as the telephone, telegrams, and motion cameras. These were all devices and systems that helped send information more conveniently. I toggle between our current devices and the devices we once used to show how far we’ve peaked in the world of communication, not only to loved ones or business partners, but to a mass of people. The influence technology has over how we communicate is very positive in my eyes, because it saves us from being isolated.
Over time technology has morphed and changed to become even more instantaneous with the production of messages and phone calls that go out each day. Time gets shorter as we progress in life and take on more responsibilities, but devices have adapted so that we are able to seize the moment and have contact with others. We no longer have to wait 10 minutes to be connected to another caller near or long-distance (which only counts now as long-distance if the call is out of the country) nor do we have to wait weeks for a message or letter to be sent. I reflect on these pieces by assorting them in an order that reflects how we’ve improved from pagers to text messages and Emails, from rotary phones to cellular phones that do not require the same method of production dialing. It is simpler in it’s display and in it’s versatility (ex. Speed dialing) and by emphasizing (with the map) that distances that once seemed far, no longer seem as such.
I go on to highlight why these devices are important in our culture. We lead busy all-consuming lives. Which I feel is a pressure felt by the speed of the video. Originally, I was going to include a clip, saying “Life is like a roller coaster, it moves fast” and include a clip of a roller coaster speeding through tracks, which would have then helped to spiral into the images I chose. But I felt it was cliché and insignificant to the development of the video, so I scrapped it and settled for the advice of using my time more wisely by cutting a few unnecessary transitions and fading effects, by including more of what these developments in communication has actually meant to me. In addition to this, I used devices, images, and videos I could relate to from the location of my living room, to emphasize the point of how technology helps us to feel less alone.
Ultimately, these devices and systems help to connect not only to each other, but also to a place in ourselves that preserves our humanity. Hence, the inclusion of the bear video. We’re able to expand on that feeling that we’re not alone, by witnessing compilations or trending articles about random acts of kindness or cute images that warm our hearts. We’ve either experienced one or produced it, and that positive commonality with other human beings in the world is an important connection we are all able to frequently experience via someone telling us about it, the internet, or reading about it from our cellphones, tablets, or laptops. We make connections in various ways each day by the communication devices available to us, with credit to whomever loaded the story or video and decided to share it with the world.
When we’re unable to see one another it can be difficult to experience certain events or holidays alone. Thanks to inventions such as Skype and Face time on our cellular phones, we are able to see those that mean the most to us during those times, for example birthdays, especially for children.
Sometimes we are unable to experience these communications daily, if at all, from those that mean the most and we are constantly on edge for when we’ll be able to see them again or for them to see us at pivotal moments in our lives. It is a positive addition to life that we have these devices and systems, but I like to think that in the end it leads us back to each other face-to face, and that nothing is better than having that group or person, well…in person. Without the advancements we’ve had in technology, I highly doubt it would be even remotely as simple or quick to arrange seeing or conversing with one other the way we do now.
MEETING THE STANDARDS
- I feel my video presents a clear message that we’ve developed in our use of communicative technology and it has improved our relationships with others near and far.
- This is substantiated by the images chosen and the subtext between most of the clips that help the video to progress, until we witness human contact, after witnessing the various ways people have to keep in touch when not in person.
- The controlling idea is that technology doesn’t keep us apart, but brings us closer together by focusing on the faith in humanity that lies in side most of us. By having access to these devices, they aid us in nurturing or close relationships, establishing new ones, and witnessing the success of others.
Form and Content
- I feel there is always room for improvement. I feel there are better clips online I could have used that could have possibly made this a wholesome fluid video, consisting of strictly video. However, I feel I did a good job of using time wisely between the dialogue slides and the images/videos I chose. So that it wasn’t a slideshow, but it wasn’t a confusing arrangements of photos and videos.
- My choices were deliberate, down to consideration of making sure it was precisely one minute (According to Youtube, that is) I am content with the speed of the video, as it helps exaggerate my point that these devices are necessary whether you’re trying to communicate with someone far away or just quickly checking in with a friend that isn’t as far. Time is essential and these inventions have enhanced it greatly.
- Yes, I watched each clip without and then with sound and scrapped whatever was unnecessary. And the audio was chosen on the basis of the video is already fast-paces and having a non distracting sound of music in the background help to balance out how the video is perceived .
- I felt the video was engaging to both the audience that appreciates the devices and for those who may wonder what benefits this technology actually provides. I including a variety of defenses and explanations (one, including a cute waving bear!) so that the impact can be seen both in serious points, as well as light ones.
- Everything owned or compiled by someone else has been cited in the video and/or in the narrative below.
MAKING THE VIDEO
In Making this video, I kept it simple. Less room for error. I used Windows Movie Maker which was already installed on my laptop and edited clips of videos I found, adjusting speeds, times, and segments by splitting the clip or adjusting the starting and ending times. For the images, I chose common photos of devices that the target audience is familiar with.
I struggled with the audio until the very end. Originally I wanted something upbeat that I could time the images to, so that it didn’t feel so rushed. After I decided to keep that effect, I watched other videos about technology to obtain the feel they accomplishes and by seeing what type of music they used. So it came down to fifty’s music, the type you would have seen in commercials, but that felt too tutorial-like. So then I decided on classical, because it wasn’t distracting from the video, though I decided to cut the audio tracks from the clips I found, as they had no significant informative segments. By the time I’d compiled everything I wanted. I was happy with it.
EXAMPLES I REFERENCED
The examples I used as inspiration for my video were “The Digital Alarmists Are Wrong” by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons
I appreciate the viewpoint that technology is not the sole cause of our habit of rushing through important moments of communication in life. It is instead keeping up with the way we live. We have more responsibilities and events to shape our lives around and technology is a great asset to know how to work when complying to this common lifestyle and speed.
For my Concept I honed in on the idea that “for every way the Internet gives us to waste time, there is a way to increase the scope and diversity of our knowledge and to work collectively on problems.” Often, I see the negative effects addictions to the internet or our communication devices can have on our relationships with other people and consequently cause us to lose ourselves. But in my video I wanted to provide highlights of how technology brings us all back together, no matter the background device, or language, because we’ve become so advanced in these areas that we’re able to communicate across the board. The bottom line is that we have these devices at our use, it all depends on how and how often we choose to use them. I feel that if we’re more positive in our outlook about them, we would be more likely to see them as positive experiences in our life.
Chabris, Christopher, and Daniel Simons. “Digital Alarmists are Wrong.” Los Angeles Times 07 25 2010, n. pag. Web. 4 Dec. 2013.
In The Video
Audio: “A Beautiful Day” by Roberto Dagilo
“Now You Can Dial” by Charles E. Skinner
“Using CellPhones/3-Way on Blackberry”
“Using Yahoo on Cellphone”
“Restoring Faith in Humanity” compiled by AmazingLIFE247
“Skype Group Call 5.0” by Skype
“Soldier’s Coming Home” compiled by Zunigas King