July 13, 2005

Setting the Scene

The past four days, I've been in Chicago, north of the city actually, in a nice leafy green suburb visiting friends. The original plan was to be there for 2.5 days, but they had a family emergency (the grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer three weeks ago, and after operating, the doctor said she might live a few months. But yesterday they had an appointment with a world renowned oncologist, and at the same time, the babysitter got sick Monday.. so they asked me to stay for Tuesday while they went with grandma to the research center. The good news is, new doc has some treatment that gives her a fighting chance!!)

So.. the girls and I went out for the afternoon to the forest preserve (a beautiful long narrow preserve, that stretches north / south for miles where we biked for hours), shooting video of them, to edit into a present for their grandmother. They directed the editing process, chose titles and colors, arranged photos and chose the music (we'd already done this Sunday with some beach footage so they were ready to go and very excited about this new craft could do.)

Here are the results of their work..

The girls loved the process, where they could direct the story, creating a little movie with whatever they wanted. I also showed them Rain and Octopus, which they insisted on screening over and over. I showed them Flickr, and all my photos, as well as the photos and video I took at the 'parents only' engagement party their parents had for a friend Saturday night at their house. They were taken with the idea that they could see what went on, even though they stayed with their aunt and uncle for the night. They were captivated by all of it.

While I was in Chicago, I missed a couple of things until today when I could really read through my aggregator:

This will be the lore we tell the younguns.. when we're old, about how obtuse some people's reaction to digital media was.. back in the day: Bloggers need not apply.

This is the lore right now: Zits on the tragedy of a single telephone line for the whole family.

And, William Gibson on Remix Culture: God's Little Toys

Our culture no longer bothers to use words like appropriation or borrowing to describe those very activities. Today's audience isn't listening at all - it's participating. Indeed, audience is as antique a term as record, the one archaically passive, the other archaically physical. The record, not the remix, is the anomaly today. The remix is the very nature of the digital.
Posted by Mary Hodder at July 13, 2005 09:42 PM | TrackBack

I can imagine Grandma's face when she sees this. BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for giving the rest of us a peek into the story.

Posted by: Nancy White at July 14, 2005 07:41 AM
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