Democratisation of new media

Browsing through You Tube brought home to me just how much things have changed for the better in the world of technology and new media over the past 5 years. Throughout the Tesco Schoolnet2000 project (1998-2000) there was a heavy dependence upon a team of 40 advisors to help children get still digital images and online as part of a national school’s Internet project.

Back in December 2001 Ultralab released its first DVD of Summer School workshops. The format was simple, young people were given a creative brief along with technical equipment (digital cameras, computers, software, etc.) and a framework of activities designed to help them produce their own short video over a period of 3-4 days. The young movie makers also received a lot of technical support followed up by a significant amount of effort put into producing the DVD and developing a website.

Just 5 years later there are many examples like You Tube that showcase the kind of work arguably pioneered by Ultralab but with the technology to shoot, edit, and upload movies now being readily accessible and intuitive enough to use by the ‘general public’ without the need for expert support.

3 thoughts on “Democratisation of new media

  1. Lydia

    Hi Stephen, not sure if you have come across it, but is of similar in principle, but I think eyetube has more basic editing facilities and community/sharing options. It feels ven more DIY the You Tube.

  2. Greta

    I love youtube. You can catch up on many new things that are going on in US…

    What is your id for youtube, Stephen : )?


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