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Eyes Wide Open

Hi Everyone,

I spent part of my holiday weekend creating a video to promote the site and Dr. M's "A World Worth Inheriting" message. If a picture is worth a thousands words, how much is a thousand pictures worth?

Go fullscreen and turn it up, because your going for a ride.

Happy Easter

All the Best....Jeff

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Re: Eyes Wide Open

GREAT  GOOGLY  MOOGLY, Man!  That was spectacular!  

Very nice, the way you swap in more and more human faces starting around the middle of the piece, to put the real issue in front of us (all the charts in the world are fine and well, but how they impact people is what matters).

Bravo, dude.  Thanks!

Viva -- Sager

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Re: Eyes Wide Open

The Captain's finest piece (so far......)

Nice work Jeff.

From me and Cat, Happy Easter to you as well.

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SagerXX wrote:

GREAT  GOOGLY  MOOGLY, Man!  That was spectacular!  

I could not have said it better!  Wow!

BJ

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Wow.

The frenetic and accelerating pace of our society, all of the problems it leads to (both external problems and the emotions) and then, like a beacon leading us out of darkness, "we can create a world worth inheriting".

Very well done.

I wonder how people not in on the conversation will respond.  Have you tried it on anyone?

Steve

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Re: Eyes Wide Open

Jeff,

Fantastic visuals, and a great choice of song!

I hate to admit that I hadn't heard of that song before, but have since downloaded it. The only downside, of course, is that I'll always be forced to think of you and the Crash Course when it is playing! (smile)

Seriously, most excellent work, brother!

Chris

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Wow, Jeff. That's a very impressive piece.

I'd definitely ready to defer to your leadership on the "Project Welcome Mat" idea discussed in another thread. Let me know how I can help!

Erik

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Happy Easter & Jeff you have some SERIOUS talent my friend. Super job!!!!!!!

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WOW,  Thanks Jeff, i'm passing this on to everyone..

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Thanks everyone for the positive feedback. I'm hoping the music will appeal to the younger generation and create a little more exposure to Dr.M's message in that demographic group. 

Unfortunately, my wife watched it and now thinks I'm "certifiable". Sealed Oh well.

Thanks again....Jeff

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Well I hate to be the fly in the ointment, but I stopped watching it very quickly I absolutely hate quick cuts like that. Of course it will probably be a big success since we have thanks to the work of Edward Bernays been conditioned to such presentations.

This is just my subjective experience and I am drawn to less frenetic work.

V

I think the Koyanasqatsi film series was rather well done however. I watched all three of them.

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Very well done, Jeff!

I do hope we are able to create one with Chris at some point. I think Chris's story and his thoughts would be very compelling to a broad audience if they were presented in video format. And I think the use of imagery, like you seem to have mastered, will appeal to a different audience than those that find the CC most helpful.

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I personally think the speed is appropriate .  That is how people  all run .. too busy trying to make money  to buy things and entertainment  that we think will make us happy ,  Staying too busy so we do not know that things will not make us happy nor satisfied  .    Then  trying to buy insurance to protect all our things ... and still people souls hunger for more .       

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I just wanted to post what I already told JAG.  I really like this video.  I, too, find it frenetic,  but when I showed the Did You Know video to my students they complained it was too slow and boring.....    So,  just to test the pace I showed it to my 9 year old.

She liked it.  I asked her about the words and she said she could read them all even if she did not know what they meant she was able to make them out.  Then I asked her what she saw in the pictures and it was sort of shocking to me.  She saw and was able to recount SO much more than I could.  She even spotted and recognized the image of money shaped into the "vortex event horizon if a black hole"  (She's a sci-fi hound.)  

So I'll definitely share this.  Kudos!

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Land,

How old are the students that might view this?

As I stated before, I designed the video for the younger generations. I wish I could figure out how to use the same technique to present a five minute version of the crash course. Like this one, my videos are typically inspired by a song.

Anyone have any good song candidates for a five-minute crash course?

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REM's "End of the World As We Know It" might be a good choice if not borderline topically cheesy.

Are you looking for a faster, upbeat tune or would a more sober sound be in order?  Something along the lines of Leonard Coen's "Hallelujah" or "Standing on the Moon" or "Brokedown Palace" by the Grateful Dead?

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Hey Rick,

"Its the End of the World..."  is a possibility, if I could find a version that I could stand to listen to 60-70 times as I make the video...LOL.

Unfortunately, while you and I might like your other suggestions, the target audience might not care for them.

Thanks for playing....Name that Tune.

On a related note, what does the group think are the essential messages for each chapter of the crash course?

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Congrats, Capt. Sheeple!!!

Second that!  Whoa!  Hangin' with MISH!  

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Farmer Brown wrote:

Congrats, Capt. Sheeple!!!

Second that!  Whoa!  Hangin' with MISH!  

Capn' -- your vid has also gotten posted in the forums over at iTulip.  Yer on a roll, d00d!

http://itulip.com/forums/showthread.php?t=15106

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Land,

How old are the students that might view this?

As I stated before, I designed the video for the younger generations. I wish I could figure out how to use the same technique to present a five minute version of the crash course. Like this one, my videos are typically inspired by a song.

Anyone have any good song candidates for a five-minute crash course?

The kids I teach are 18 to 21 usually,  I PM'd you the details you can share them or not as you see fit.  They have the attention san of a youtube clip so it takes some real doing to get their attention in a world that feels like that pace all of the time.

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Gives me shivers ... dons

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You rock, JAG!  

I loved the song (did someone post the name and artist yet?  I need to check again).  I also found, as some others, that the flickering pace of the pictures was dIsturbing and uncomfortable to me.  But at the same time, it seemed really appropriate to conveying the message. 

Powerful artwork!  Congratulations!!

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Thanks everyone for the positive feedback. I totally agree that the "flicker effect" is irritating and difficult to watch. I think I blew a frontal lobe putting the video together....LOL

Land passed this along to me in a PM, and I would like to share it here (with permission, of course):

Ok, I showed the video to a little over 70 people today. I am not clear about the numbers because in the one lecture hall I had it cranked a little too high and students wandered in. (I let them stay for the video but not the discussion) Bad news first: the first clear request was that the very first picture not be Bernanke. They agreed that they were hard to rope in, and told me that if they went to a site and saw him as the start of a video they would probably think it was another "boring economy lecture" and never bother to click on it.

Then I got some discussion on disliking the sensation that their emotions were being manipulated with intent to sell them something. But, this led to a decent discussion on how anyone can get their attention anyway. Some said they didn't like the relentlessness of the unhappy words at the end. One student said, "I grew up with this I know how bad it is". But, this was countered with "yeah, but sometimes when it feels awful it is nice to have some one recognizes how you feel." That went on in that vein for a while.One complained that he saw the same pictures too many times, but I think he is an exception.

The rest of the discussion was positive. Several said they thought it was powerful and it would pique their interest in going to the site. They said they were curious what all of the graphs were and thought maybe the site would show them the graph and explain them. I am not sure they could recognize any of the graphs again, but I wouldn't put it past them. They liked the music and the pace was fine with them. They felt that it was subliminal, but several said it connected to how they already viewed the world.

This led to a discussion about the site in general that could prove valuable to Chris if he is interested. A decent number of them had already been to the site. (I have a link to it on my class web page.) They said it was . "Boring" "Overly academic" "Lousy graphics." "the videos are interesting, but there doesn't seem to be any real solutions offered to those of us who already see the problems and have for years."

"Nothing to encourage us to join the conversation as the forum topics were boring and didn't seem inviting." "The people didn't seem inviting or welcoming." "The registration process was overly cumbersome and needs tweaking." "I never saw the forums at all." "I didn't see a place that seemed aimed at younger people."

Then they began some back and forth on some of what they had found in the forums they had "skimmed". One said the forum was "a bitch fest by keyboard cowboys who were all talk and no action." They complained that there were some who were so into the stockpiling that they got the message that the posters were saying, "The world is going to hell, but I got mine so F*ck You Buddy."

That last one led us back to material covered in class about John Nash's game and game theory and how it had indeed permeated American society. The point was made that this type of thinking was what go us into this mess and was not going to be the thinking that would produce solutions.

One student said, "Some of them seem so terrified of socialism that they refuse to even consider that none of these issues can be addressed without cooperation; which will require coordination." I did not encourage that as I have not made mention of my thoughts on this in class.

A couple agreed that they were disillusioned by political activism as they had gotten involved in Obama's campaign looking for change and just got the same stuff over again. That seemed a fairly widely held belief.

They said the video needs to be posted on facebook and Chris, or others who are willing to work for/with him, needs to get on facebook, too. A couple said they would link the video on their facebook pages. They thought they would be more willing to join the conversation if there was a hint that they personally as a demographic were being invited. I am not sure how they expect this to look, we ran out of time, but several said they would e-mail me their thoughts later.

Overall I think the video went over well. One student summed it up saying, "I think the video says, The world if f*cked up, a lot of people are in denial about that, and you are inheriting that, so lets see if we can't make it better by going to that site and working on solutions." As I think that was your intended message you got through to at least one.

How to handle the issues with the web site is a whole other issue that I do not feel qualified to engage as I am not even a "member" of the site. And seriously, you should get the chance to see what this looks like on a big screen with a good sound system at least once! It is good work.

Thanks for the very valuable feedback Land. I have to say that I can't disagree with any of their concerns and observations. I also find it refreshing to have another perspective on the issues discussed in this community.

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Jeff, the great thing about teenager sis that they will tell you the truth as they see it.  The bad thing about teenagers is that they will tell you the truth as they see it.  I got an e-mail from one student who said she really connected with the no voice no choice message and would give the site another chance.  

Of course, some of them are apathetic video game you tube junkies,  but many of them,  if given a chance really are aware and concerned.  Adulthood is staring down the barrel at them and they have very real, very concrete problems right now.  Two have deployed family members,  one has been deployed,  Five that I know of are working full time to help support their parents!  (They are all under the age of 22)  One 21 year old has full custody of her 8 and 10 year old siblings.  In past years,  the average traditional college age student's profile was that most, either lived on campus, or at home, and a little less than half worked part time; and less than ten percent in a traditional four year college worked full time.  

More than 50% of these students work more than 35 hours a week.  More than 30% have an immediate family member who is unemployed or who has been unemployed in the last year.  They are terrified about losing health insurance but worried about the new bill.  They are petrified about their inability to get meaningful work,  yet hopeful that their parents will help them out at first.   We had a full class on the meaning of credit card debt and many are foreswearing credit cards.  They are our best next hope.  They are our only hope.  It really is in our best interest to reach out to them.

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It was really interesting to read that feedback from Land's class. There were some good insights from the students, and excellent post-game analysis by Land. It's also rather funny to hear what younger adults may think of us/me by viewing this site (to include, memorably, "a bitch fest by keyboard cowboys who were all talk and no action"). Thanks to both of you for sharing!

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ccpetersmd wrote:

It's also rather funny to hear what younger adults may think of us/me by viewing this site (to include, memorably, "a bitch fest by keyboard cowboys who were all talk and no action"). 

Yeah.  Somebody send the young blood over to the Community Building thread, or the Agriculture/Permaculture thread, or the Food Storage/Preparation thread.  Lots of talk, even more action!

Viva -- Sager

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JAG - thank you for that incredible effort!  Really, just outstanding.

I would have prefered fewer images and a slower pace, perhaps also with the iamges assembled into some form of a narrative.  Loved the music choice.

However, I fully recognize that reaching younger people will require different media forms so I am 100% open to seeing what you do, how you do it, and what the result is.  Like every generation before me, I find myself out of sync with the current crop of youngsters which is completely fine and normal.  Each generation develops its own code and mannerisms to set it apart and that's just how it goes.

I did not grow up glued to MTV and Youtube and so I don't have an appreciation for the hyper-delivery art form.  The CC proves that in spades!

As always, my approach is to ask "what's the desired effect here?" and I want to find ways to get young people engaged and involved.

Lastly you've got some good skills htere so I'd be happy to work with you in the future to develop other video offerings that could help get the message out there.

Thanks again!

Best,
Chris M.

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ccpetersmd wrote:

It's also rather funny to hear what younger adults may think of us/me by viewing this site (to include, memorably, "a bitch fest by keyboard cowboys who were all talk and no action"). 

Yeah.  Somebody send the young blood over to the Community Building thread, or the Agriculture/Permaculture thread, or the Food Storage/Preparation thread.  Lots of talk, even more action!

Viva -- Sager

I did send them there.  Sadly, they did not make it far.  I think only one spent any time there,  they haven't yet caught on that those ARE real solutions.  They see them as the "I got mine" syndrome talking about how to save yourself instead of the country/society as a whole.   I am not sure that they can have what they want,  but they don't necessarily know how to get what they want.  Truthfully I think they don't know what they want as they don't have a clear view (any more than we really do) of what their future should look like.

I really want to reach them,  so anything you can give me to entice them to the forum I would appreciate.

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land2341 wrote:

SagerXX wrote:

ccpetersmd wrote:

It's also rather funny to hear what younger adults may think of us/me by viewing this site (to include, memorably, "a bitch fest by keyboard cowboys who were all talk and no action"). 

Yeah.  Somebody send the young blood over to the Community Building thread, or the Agriculture/Permaculture thread, or the Food Storage/Preparation thread.  Lots of talk, even more action!

Viva -- Sager

I did send them there.  Sadly, they did not make it far.  I think only one spent any time there,  they haven't yet caught on that those ARE real solutions.  They see them as the "I got mine" syndrome talking about how to save yourself instead of the country/society as a whole.   I am not sure that they can have what they want,  but they don't necessarily know how to get what they want.  Truthfully I think they don't know what they want as they don't have a clear view (any more than we really do) of what their future should look like.

I really want to reach them,  so anything you can give me to entice them to the forum I would appreciate.

land -

Send the kiddos here http://www.peakprosperity.com/forum/successful-food-storage-day-9-familes-4-tons-5-hours-lessons-learned-recommendations/27519

Clearly a "We got ours" (as in community) and not an "I got mine."  That should resonate with at least a couple of your millenials.

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Very Cool....excellent way to introduce CM to some types of people. 

Im thinking of all my uber cool friends who think dooms day talk is sooo boring

I think they might respond to this 'cause it seems hip.  Loved the music.

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