“if you were born 500 years ago…..”
Today we are out in Iowa at the Public Broadcasting Conference.
After the talks in Boston and New York, we are hoping that we will be able to coax PBS into becoming a beacon for the digital revolution.
Youtube, with its more than 100 million video uploads to date clearly demonstrates that the appetite for creating video among the general public is there and powerful. But what Youtube also so clearly demonstrates is that most of the video is a mess.
It is no wonder.
People have spent many years in school learning how to read and write so that they could participate in a print-driven culture.
As we become a video driven culture, where is the ‘video literacy education’ to come from? Who is going to set the standards for excellence in ‘video making’? Who is going to serve as the editor and publisher of the explosion of video work this is coming?
Youtube is great as a platform for dissemination. But it does not do much more than that. What is needed here is a publisher and editor and teacher.
What better role than that for Public Broadcasting in the 21st Century?