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Travelogue 4: I need your help!

Hello everybody! I hope you had a great spring break! I have some ideas in mind for my next travelogue, but I am not sure where to take them. Could you give me some input? Thanks a lot in advance!

1)  Open Video Alliance has launched a campaign to encourage the use of videos on Wikipedia. how would an audio-visual collaborative encyclopedia look like? How could it be edited collectively? Will it simply be a mix between YouTube and the European digital audio-visual library Europeana?

Underwear Flash Mob in New York from Improv Everywhere

2) Can I create a flash mob????? What are the secrets for a successful viral spiral actions? Suggestions for the travelogue idea and collaborators are most welcome! PS: All projects include clothes on…

3) I keep thinking the Open Solace project that I mentioned in my second travelogue on Ushahidi, and that seeks to create audio-visual “message in bottles” from the US to Haiti and vice-verse.  As I am very interested in the possibilities of ITCs for development, I asked myself how small communities could create micro-economies around video technology.  So far, my research wasn’t very fruitful. Do you have any suggestions or further leads? An other  option for the travelogue could be creating digital-video “bottle messages,”  either for exploring New York or as other means for city-to-city communication.

4) It is fascinating how robots and the human being are striving to become more and more akin: on one hand, robots are becoming so sophisticated that bionic bodies are created (great article in the National Geographic), synchronizing technology to the needs of the human body. Though will on the other hand the human body become a machine?  Skinput is a method that allows users to use their own hands and arms as touchscreens. Will we become in sync with robots? YouTube Preview Image

5) Ok, here a more serious travelogue option. I feel a little bit haunted by Facebook’s suggestion “people you haven’t contacted recently.” A family friend died a few months ago, but his photo keeps popping up, and his profile is still online. Following the lead of an article on ArsTechnica called “Death and Social Media,”  I would like to explore new mourning rituals, and how social media change life after death.

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  1. ElzbthMllr 12:01, Mar 22nd, 10

    Your last idea is really interesting to me. I know that certain social networking sites have very strict rules about closing accounts etc, and that sometimes families like to keep up pages as memorials to people. I like a lot of your ideas, but this one seems the most interesting to me.

  2. Leslie 15:36, Mar 22nd, 10

    Hey Nadine! Hopefully this comment isn’t too late. There’s 3 ideas I really like & am having trouble choosing: flash mobs, robots + humans, & death and social media.

    I was amazed when I first read about Skinput- what a crazy idea! I feel like it might be awkward to use, though. I wonder if it would ever catch on if the technology was sold in mass.

    For the social media and death, going past just keeping pages up, I know there’s sites like mydeadspace.com, which archives obituaries of MySpace members.

  3. Harris 21:03, Mar 22nd, 10

    Go for the flash mobs! Go for the flash mobs!

    I also love the humanoid idea, but then, if we’re looking to go beyond recycling existing content, then rather than just reading and posting, see if you can get hold of or go look at some kind of a bot, an arm (to arm-wrestle with etc) a face, or just one of those MSN bots, and see how people interact with it in certain situations?