The hand that rocks the cradles… also holds the video camera….
Home schooling mother of 8 from South Carolina.
Not exactly your idea of revolutionary.
But when the video revolution reaches here, you know its real.
It’s one thing for NYU film students to pick up a video camera and a laptop and start making content, but when it hits the real grass roots of America, you know something big is happening.
Something big is happening.
Mary was one of our 5 TJs, or Travel Journalists, for 5Takes Latin America. So we gave her the camera and the laptop and some basic instruction on how to shoot, edit and upload. Which is all fine.
The amazing part was when her husband, Jim, started writing to us. (Where he also gets the time to write while staying at home with the 8 kids, working and lately running the home school is beyond me, but I think there’s a new TLC series in here somewhere).
In any event, he is exteremly video literate. He’s shooting and cutting and uploading video stories to their own site.
He’s also got a webcam plugged into the family plasma screen so that he can video link to Mary as she travels across Latin America with all of us, and the kids can see it and talk to her live, en masse, 8,000 miles away.
About 3 years ago, when we were just starting Current.tv, I told Al Gore and Joel Hyatt that the best way to ‘seed’ Current would be to do a national tour of college campuses to find a few students with video cameras and laptops who were doing this. We did the tour, and I was astonished to find that there were thousands and thousands of them. They feed Youtube. The revolution was already underway.
Now that revolution has percolated down to every household in America.
Once again, the people, are way ahead of the media.
So while Matt and Katie might still think that they’ve got a lock on video and television and online…..that its’ a monopoly…. I think that Jim Sturges… and millions like him, are already way out ahead of them.