Animoto is a very easy way to produce a pretty slick video. I was surprised at many of the results. Since it is limiting in ways, it proves that authors have to bend their strategies to certain mediums. The videos that Animoto produces are very meditative. McLuhan didn’t just say the medium is the message, he also said the medium is the massage. This was my attempt at massaging in a few simple points.
It’s not a breakthrough or anything and might seem a little disjointed. That’s my attempt at trying to get at the magic of animoto. I am hesitant to say what the video is about, because I hoped being vague would make it seem more deep. I wanted to show that, despite early attempts to ‘train minds’, the old media encouraged passivity. Movies are a teacher that needs to be replaced, by a medium that can respond better to its audience. The ‘found’ narrator is James Burke, and I think this video is from the late 80s or early 90s. Now, his argument seems pretty obvious, but I am not sure if his prediction has quite come true. Oh, and teachers shouldn’t have their students close their laptops or shut off their phones. Also, a classroom can and should be democratic. I tried to edit this one to make it a little better, but it just ended up worse. I really didn’t mean to infer that Jack Black was the future of teaching and the ending is both more repetitive and abrupt that I would like, but here it is.