With the recent improvements in technology and the inclusion of video cameras in most mobile devices, posting videos on websites like Youtube and Vimeo has become commonplace. Many people in the "iPhone Generation" enjoy living their lives publicly on the web and and posting videos to gain an audience. While I can't resist some of these entertaining productions, I also watch them with a healthy degree of scepticism. Due to green screens and advanced programs, often what you is see is not necessarily an accurate depiction of a real life events. Unfortunately some young people emulate what they view online, with tragic consequences. As part of our media literacy unit this month we will focus on questioning the authenticity of supposed "reality productions" and learn to critically evaluate their messages. We will also consider the role public acceptance plays in what we view in the media. Below is a series of two videos, which detail how green screen effects can easily mislead a viewer. The third video explains the serious and dangerous consequences of imitating without thinking. (Sorry the site won't allow an embedded link. Please go http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeAHKMkG4us to watch.) Have you ever seen a video you thought was fake? How do you did decide if something you watch on the web is authentic or the result of editing magic? Why do you think some teens ignore the serious consequences of such acts?
Grade 8 teacher, cross country/track coach, tech inspired educator
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