When I don’t notice the mixer being all the way up and then I hit play, blasting off the ears of everyone in the room
At first I’m like:
And then I’m like:
tedx:Great TED talk on realities of domestic abuse and how to stop it.
Leslie Morgan Steiner was in an abusive relationship, though at first she didn’t realize it. In a talk at TEDxRainier, she tells the disturbing story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence.
If you or someone you know is facing domestic violence or an absuive relationship, you can find a list of resources here. The U.S. National Sexual Assault Hotline is 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE), and RAINN offers a secure online hotline.
When I get thrown under the bus for something that was not my fault
And I’m like:
Digital agency Interlude creates first official video for Dylan’s Like a Rolling Stone.
Or as Dezeen describes him, “American musician Bob Dylan,” ‘cause, you know, some of Dezeen’s readership might not know he’s American, or a musician.
This video is cool, but you’re probably gonna need some reliable ‘net to be interactive with it, (in USA at least) so check it out maybe when you’re at your computer. (honestly I don’t know, it may work great on a mobile device, but that doesn’t mean it still won’t work better if you’re hard-wired in somewhere, or at the very least, not being forced to share bandwidth with 20,000 other people.)
I just saw this video for the first time a couple of hours ago. As a content creator, specifically a video content creator, I think the foundational idea going on here could be an important part of the direction in which digital video (like there’s any other kind, eye-roll) is headed. And when I say “video,” I really mean “stories,” because all videos are stories.
All of them.
(Yes, they are.)
All video editors know this.
Anyway, I don’t know what all the implications (or applications for that matter) are with this way of storytelling, I just know I’m now thinking of an “interactive story” in a way I haven’t before.
I’m not exactly sure when words like virtual and interactive became buzzy, (the mid 90’s?) but it has certainly long passed. Whatever bleak definitions or impressions I formed about interactive anything when I was first introduced way back in the dark ages, I’m dismayed to realize, have steadfastly remained lodged in my brain for longer than I really care to admit. Quite frankly the whole idea, a loose interpretation of what I’ve understood interactive video, to be; individual viewers interactively creating their own story from a given set of possible choices has always kind of bored me. My thinking has partly been along the lines of: Why give them a choice? I want to tell the story the way i want to tell it! People would rather see something unfold in front of them rather than make an independent decision etc.- mixed with - Is this all it is? Is this the best they can come up with? Interactive is choosing between a couple of lame videos? Interactive doesn’t sound all that active to me, and so on.
Video, as a medium can get pretty finite, pretty fast, if you know what I mean. When you start talking about using video as part of interactivity, it’s like the special features on a DVD, you’re only allowed so much space. I think RPGs are kind of the same concept in a way, they are interactive and the user is participating in creating the story, but it’s a story with lots and lots of possibilities. That’s right, lots and lots. The user actually plays a role in it and is tossed right into the very center of the story. At the same time, games also have that whole Pavlovian element of reflexes and rewards, so one is acquiring and reacting throughout the entire experience as well, There’s not really time for.. reflecting. (I don’t really know if it’s Pavlovian, I just like saying it) Games also have an advantage over video in that a game gets rendered as the choices are being made so the possibilities, while not endless can certainly take waaaaaaaayyyyyy longer to, um, exhaust. It’s possible to offer way more of them, lots and lots, as a matter of very measurable fact.
But the idea of choosing between several video streams at the same time, each one essentially telling the same story, is not something I’ve ever considered, at least not quite like this. I guess the whole idea has been so disenchanting to me, it never occurred to me how cool it would be if every possible choice was, well, cool, or fun or … something. I don’t know if the overall effect is more fun than I thought it would be or what, but as I was clicking through the different “channels” I found myself with a big smile on my face. In fact, I think I may have been… delighted, Not a feeling I normally have while watching or, I’ll go ahead and say it, experiencing, a music video on the web.
I will say, in this particular example the potential to interpret multiple layers of metaphor, and sociological “meaning” which I can never get enough of, abounds. So it may be that the whims of my personal taste finally found a reason to be intrigued.
That’s kind of the point though isn’t?
So of course I’m thinking ahead to the next logical step, what if this were done with something other than a music video?
I have two initial thoughts: At the end of the day if you tried to do this with a narrative script, all you might end up with is a really cool experiment or, you know, a really cool art installation. OR you could have a story that plays out on many different levels, waves of meaning and pools understanding that expand and deepen with every choice the viewer makes. I think the key lies somewhere in keeping the events and even most of the dialogue the same, just changing the context. One could argue, I suppose, why stop there? Why stop with just the contextual? If the story is going to ultimately end up in the same place, you could certainly alter more than just character, location and circumstance etc. You could actually write different scenes, different movies actually,telling the same story, just weighted differently depending on the viewer’s personal experiences.
OR you could have different characters experience the same events, recite the same dialogue word for word, but in very different situations.
Lots and lots of possibilities.
Interlude has certainly considered all of these and more. The first thing you see on their website is an invitation to experience a different way of storytelling and create something with it yourself, which is precisely what I am going to after I post this.
I know I’m kind of scatter shooting, but watch this when you get a chance (watch and use your arrow keys) and I think you’ll understand what I’m talking about.
On the other hand, for all the creative thinking and artistic possibilities this video stirred up, it could just be a one trick pony. It could just be the kind of thing that quickly descends into a tedious exercise when the inspiration and material is derived from lesser origins. The coolness factor could be because anything with Dylan at the source is going to be intriguing, thought provoking, delightful by way of sheer discovery, and even though he is an American, the very definition of cool.