Monday, March 23, 2009

Not How New Media is Supposed to Work
The Crisis of Credit Visualized on Vimeo at first glance seems a cool explanation of what happened.

Except that my attention was gone in two minutes.

Now, someone (Jonathon Jarvis) put much time and energy into this. The problem is, is doesn't draw the learner in. Doesn't engage them.

At the very least, two voices (or a narrator with quoted voice clips) would mix things up a bit. This simple trick is the most basic of the print reporter's tools, and should be a must for anyone doing educational media. (See how well it works for smArtHistory).

Yet the tech offers us many more options to engage the learner. A simple "ready to go on?" button would at least bring the learners attention back for a moment. You can imagine much more sophisticated choices.

Where is the Web 2.0 Storytellers' manual?

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