Walt Mossberg: Go forth and make YouTube video clips!
Let's face it - deep down, you secretly long to create a popular YouTube video clip that you can brag about to your friends and colleagues. About two weeks ago in the Wall Street Journal, personal technology guru Walt Mossberg explained just how easy it is to make one of these clips: "Everyone can now be a video producer. YouTube and other Web sites are filled with short amateur videos created on typical home computers. Even print journalists like me have joined the trend..." With that in mind, Walt walked through the basic tools and process for creating Web-ready videos.
Inspired by Walt, I went out over the three-day holiday weekend and made a quick 4-minute video clip about my visit to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. (A new exhibit called "The Hall of Human Origins" just re-opened to the public, and has been generating a bit of buzz in the local media). As much as I would like to think of this clip as worthy of the great masters of cinematography (Fellini, Antonioni and Basulto!), it's basically an amateur hack video edited with Windows MovieMaker software and a basic, run-of-the-mill laptop PC. Even with these rudimentary tools, I was able to put together an "Endless Innovation" video clip with an opening title sequence, closing production credits and soundtrack. (I like to think of it as a template for an upcoming "trailer" for the Endless Innovation blog and will be posting it a bit later this week.)
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A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.
- It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
- Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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