Author Topic: VIDEO CAMERAS AS SOCIAL ENGINES  (Read 1049 times)

Offline Reginald Hudlin

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« on: July 05, 2013, 05:46:51 am »


There are probably millions of young boys and girls out there who fantasize about becoming President Obama, Oprah Winfrey or some other nationally-known figure who commands the attention of millions of viewers/admirers/fans, etc.  Given the availability of certain affordable technology, there might be ways to accommodate these often far-fetched dreams or fantasies—for good purpose and to the benefit of the individuals and society at large.


The technology I have in mind is the very sophisticated video cameras that sell for about $1,000 and are well within the budgets of schools, churches, lodge halls, libraries, etc.  Once purchased and installed, these organizations or groups of individuals could advertise (to 8th and 9th graders in certain neighborhoods) something along the lines:  “Would you like to develop skills like a television news anchor, sports analyst, public speaker, actor/actress, political candidate, etc., etc.?  Contact us at or 937-046-0921.”


The selected responders (no matter how unpolished) would be required to read, converse or speak before the video camera in the presence of a parent or supervising adult as well as representatives from the hosting organization.  Once the taping is complete and played back, he or she would then see that success before the camera is far from easy.  It demands, for example, proper dress, articulation, relevant eye movement and hand gestures, audible and convincing voice levels, appropriate facial expressions, knowledge of subject, and the conveyance of logical thought.   This would overwhelm some, but the powerful desire to become Oprah or Barack would sustain most of them.


That desire (vain though it may seem) will give the hosting organizations teaching opportunities well beyond those taught in the videotaping.  They will be in a position to relate the skills and characteristics for success in visual media to school work, personal behavior and the associated discipline necessary for their development.  Who knows?  Local television stations might even assist and secondary schools might establish campus television stations.



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