Oh wow. It appears the latest and greatest “writing technology” is now YouTube videos and I didn’t even realize it until just now. Ong would notice how YouTube videos capture the oral tradition with a literate writer’s sensibility. Of course, Ong would also use amazingly big words to explain it and make it sound much fancier than I can. He would find a way to intellectually argue how we have internalized the technology of writing for a YouTube audience. Additionally, Manguel would have to say “The possibilities for YouTube videos is probably endless, yet few experimental videos survive” instead of talking about the shape of books. Nearly everything we’ve read for this class could be altered slightly and ultimately be applied to YouTube videos. Obviously, I’ll be looking over the ancient guide to style as well because our groups will inevitably use various ancient elements of style in our video and not even realize how well they connect to the thoughts of ancient rhetoricians while we’re filming.
I must admit, this revelation about YouTube videos depresses me just a little; but, I can’t help but find it fascinating. It depresses me as a future teacher more than anything because I enjoy language, literature, and writing so much that I made it my minor. I don’t know that I want to teach language, literature, and video-making. Although, since I’m beginning to see the connections between video-making and writing, I suppose it isn’t all bad. To make a good video, one must apply a lot of knowledge about good writing first. Keeping that in mind should definitely help me in the future.
Overall, it’s surprising how much the material we’ve covered is relevant to our movie making adventures. I think Ong, Manguel, and Crowley and Hawhee will find their way easily into my next paper. I can already see glimmers of how their arguments can be applied to movie making.