There’s a five-minute YouTube video that’s all the rage with libloggers over the past couple of days. It’s so hot, it’s scorching–and no, it has nothing to do with ninjas, StarWars fanflicks, music videos, any of that.
This one’s serious, apparently. Heck, it’s by a professor. It’s about “Web 2.0.” I think.
And it’s so meaningful and important that people are suggesting it should be used to open meetings…
I’m not linking to it. If you read any range of liblogs, you’ve already seen it or will when yet others link to it and praise its wonderfulness.
I’m not linking to it for the same reason I’m not going to criticize it.
I. Just. Don’t. Get. It.
I tried. I watched it twice.
To me, criticizing it would be like punching a big mound of mud: Not harmful but not terribly enlightening either.
I’m certainly not willing to assert that all of those who think this is hot stuff are wrong; some of those links come from people I admire. (Admittedly, the list of “people I admire” is long and growing, but still…) (And yes, people I admire can be wrong. I’m planning a post on “being wrong”–when I have the evening/weekend time that isn’t spent writing and reading. Any day now.)
So if they’re not wrong, then it must be me. Maybe I’m insufficiently visually literate.
Yep, that must be it. (I don’t get Jackson Pollock either. And I’ve tried.)
I won’t say “we all have our limits.” That’s a generalization, and likely to be false. I’ll just say I have my limits (“Well, duh,” I hear those of you who know me saying). And this video didn’t expand them–which is also something I try to do fairly frequently.
As always, your mileage may vary. If you really believe said video is hot stuff, don’t let me discourage you. Just don’t ask me to watch it a third time. I do have my limits.
Update: Quite apart from the fascinating and informative discussion in the comments, here’s a video that’s stunning in its clarity and production values. (via Betsy Bird, thus the indirect link)