Writing and Video

For the retreat day I decided to give up everything involving moving pictures. This includes television, YouTube videos, Netflix, gifs, vines, NHL 14, etc. Our generation seems to have grown up glued to the TV watching pointless shows purely for entertainment. Netflix has definitely revolutionized this point. If I were given the choice between watching a news report or reading an article about the issue in a newspaper, I would much rather sit down in front of the TV and listen to some attractive news reporter stand at the site of the incident and tell me about it. For the sake of the retreat day I stayed away from this type of exposure. All day I browsed the Internet jumping from Fox News to NBC to Huffington Post to ESPN reading articles and checking the score updates. It was tough staying away from video since I have been so used to it. Looking back, video can almost be considered the lazy way out of a situation.

I was still able to access Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. just not watch any stupid videos of my friends making a fool of themselves or watch the latest goals scored in the World Cup. Video has made our lives easier. Everything is more accessible and readily there with video. You could watch the Superbowl on television while it is happening or read about who won in an article within an hour after the end of the game or perhaps in the newspaper the next morning.

It would have been interesting to live in the time period growing up without video and see the difference in society when video was introduced. Video was made even more accessible with the Internet with clips being shared worldwide within a matter of seconds.

Video can be considered a complement to writing but not a substitute. Writing will always be (should always be) the main form of communication with video/moving pictures enhancing the writing. Writing should stay elite based on the fact that watching a movie offers one perspective for the viewer while the reader can interpret a book in many different ways. An article in the newspaper has the potential for more neutrality on a subject as opposed to a reporter telling you about the events.

I have always grown up immersed in moving pictures and watching various entities. I cannot say that the lack of video would be better or worse, just different. Now that society has been exposed to video there is definitely no looking back, the world would be lost without video and it is difficult imagining a world without video or not being able to use/access video for that matter.

Moving pictures can also be considered a way for some people to express themselves. Some humans were naturally born to be a face on television. The movie business is booming and vast technologies have been made because of it, including high speed cameras, special effects, etc. Moving pictures has added another aspect to our lives.



1 Comment

  1. I have never really considered a world without video, perhaps because it’s such a regular part of my life, but that would definitely be strange. I don’t necessarily see video as a bad thing, just a different means of spreading information and displaying creativity. I think that if there were no television for entertainment, kids and adults would have to resort to books, which in turn would make us as a society smarter, but I think there are other very important aspects to video in modern society.

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