New York Times Dot Earth blog has posted the YouTube video of "A Virtual Graduation Speech to Class of 2099" (speech by Danny Bloom, Tufts 1971)
The video was produced and directed and filmed by Aremac Chuang, a student in the
communications department at National Chung Cheng University in southern Taiwan. (Thanks, Aremac, you did a great job on this! -- Danny)
UPDATE, 5/17/09: Here’s a commencement speech addressed to the Class of 2099 by Danny Bloom, one of Dot Earth’s most avid contributors and a proponent of “Polar Cities” as a response to global warming:
I’d been wanting to open up the comment threads here to photographs when appropriate (a Dot Earth Flickr group is nigh; here’s my Flickr page), and last week I invited comment writers to post a video greeting, if they choose. Among other things, it’s a way to stake a claim to verisimilitude and cut through the fog and potential misrepresentation of Web anonymity (for those who choose to do so). It’s also simply a way to build a community. Here’s the plan:
This post and the comment thread will essentially be a Beta test to see if we can create something like a field guide to Dot Earth’s inhabitants. The community here stretches from Kenya to China to Brazil.
All you have to do is record a short video and post it on YouTube or any other platform providing code for embedding and playing on other sites. Because our software sometimes rejects comments with a lot of html code, it may be best to send me the link via email@example.com. Post a comment. Then I can insert the link.
It’s all part of using audiovisual information to shrink the planet. Last week, at the tail end of a post on the distorted world view of American media, I described some of the experiments along these lines using the Web. There was Pangea Day, the global film festival. There’s Bloggingheads.tv, which offers a quirky soup of “diavlogs” in which visitors essentially sit in on a long-distance video-phone conversation.
I’m sure there are groups on Youtube and other video-sharing sites that are like-minded, but I haven’t had the time to sift for them. Please describe the ones you know.
UPDATE, 5/17/09: Here’s a commencement speech addressed to the Class of 2099 by Danny Bloom of Taiwan, one of Dot Earth’s most avid contributors and a proponent of “Polar Cities” as a response to global warming: