Participatory is the lodestare for those trying to steer the social networking juggernaut towards actual improvement of education. As described in Henry Jenkins’s Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century (a white paper on the MacArthur Digital Media Learning site), participatory culture is our technologically-delivered hope for banishing passivity, instilling the kind of know-how that comes with activity, and promoting critical judgment about media.
Today, YouTube; tomorrow, MyYouTubeSpace? I’ve pulled together a little demonstration of something that can be done today with the greatest of ease, something that does its part to elevate video out of the realm of slack-jawed consumption. A slick little new service called Mojiti allows you to write captions and overlay them onto video that has been previously created and posted. Mojiti, then, lets you annotate someone else’s video–which is a way of claiming it, analyzing it, perhaps even transforming it. Participating.
Here’s an example. Before seeing it scribbled over, have a look at my victim-video, a little snippet from The Daily Show (via YouTube) that lampoons social networking websites. It’s mighty entertaining unto itself, and it features an upcoming star of our University Seminar series, Siva Vaidhyanathan:
And now have a look at my annotated version of the very same video. As you’ll see, I’ve discovered a hidden subtext to the piece – watch with amazement as I prove it to you!
I rest my case.