Some things need no explanation. Other things, not so much.
Just when we need it, here comes the BBC (those ingenious Brits again) with a short explainer video explaining how to make an explainer video.
Follow that? Better watch.
BBC Explainers from After the Flood on Vimeo.
There’s a companion web site that goes in to far more detail. No kidding around, it’s a great resource.
Can we just admit it? The British do TV better. House of Cards. The Office. Even Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Original ideas that Americans poorly imitate. Why, even the viral Generic Brand Video seems to be based on a 2010 BBC video.
But I have to admit, in this case, the U.S. version is better. Even if it is derivative.
Though quote is often mistakenly attributed to Julius Caesar, the wisdom therein is indisputable.
“Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind.
And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind is closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all their rights unto the leader and gladly so.
How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar.”
Twenty Feet From Stardom is an amazing documentary that tells the stories of several “unheralded” back-up singers, who, in many cases, provided the firepower to turn a catchy-song into triple-platinum hit. (Think “Gimme Shelter.”)
Like so many true stories, the layers of meaning and insight run deep. The ladies featured in this film, each incredibly talented, took a shot at being a lead singer. The film explores the question: What is it that separates the “star” from the supporting player?
As Bruce Springsteen says in the film, “The walk to the front of the stage is… complicated.”
George Lucas discusses the importance of teaching (and learning) the grammer of images. So important as we enter this incredible age of multimedia.
Few would argue that Washington, as the seat of federal government, has reached an epic level of disfunction – and disconnection. Is it any wonder so many people hate what the city has come to represent?
On July 16, New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich’s book “This Town,” will provide more evidence of a city living in its own universe.
The Washington Post has helpfully compiled a top ten list of the author’s observations of how politicians and lobbyists, congressional staffers and journalists, party hacks and party-throwers can make it in D.C. One sample:
The Haley Barbour rule: “He told one friend that his main goal was to get paid by as many people as possible for doing as little work as possible.”