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Black Lives Matter Black Friday

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#BlackTwitter After #Ferguson

I really enjoyed this video made by Brent McDonald and John Woo. This video is successful in putting the viewer in the place of an African American during the Black Lives Matter Movement. The video accomplishes this through a number of multimedia effects.

Firstly, by displaying the tweets on top of the tweeters, meanwhile they read them aloud; the viewer feels their passion for the subject. When some of the tweeters are reading their tweets, they explain how they felt at the time of the crisis. They explain what this tweet accomplished for them, and how they felt they were contributing to something bigger than themselves.

This video was really impactful because it went through each situation where a black life was taken. It showed the actual video of the tragedy, and overlaying the video, was an audio of an African American Tweeter who had heard about the death and their perspective. One woman says “It was just another black boy dead, no one is going to care.”

I like how this video shows how powerful Twitter is as a social network. It emphasizes that Twitter was the saving grace to people participating in the Black Lives Matter Movement.

One of my favorite parts about this video, was that when each tragic video was played, not only was a voice over of someone’s reaction played over the video, but also the hashtags that were used at the time to spread the message popped up on the screen. This told the viewer that people vocalizing their concerns via Twitter made this movement possible.

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Police On Video: When the Camera Turns

This video by NY Times did not use a plethora of a multimedia effects, however it was extremely effective in getting its message across. Personally, I had chills the whole time watching the video. The video contains multiple clips of white officers treating black citizens really unjustly. It is effective in building anticipation in the viewer because before each clip is played, there is darkness with a date and location, and no sound. Next the image of the clip emerges from the darkness and the viewer is instantly thrown into a really dramatic situation.

Throughout this video, there is not dramatic sound track, just the audio of the video. The audio, within the clips, is usually of people panicking, yelling and trying to get away. I think this video is successful because of its simplicity. The contents of the video clips speak for themselves and there is no need for lengthy descriptions.

Many of the clips within this video aren’t the best quality. The camera is shaky, maybe not too clear; you can hear people frantically moving. In another video, this type of messy quality would not be ideal at all. However, for this video, the frazzled filming style actually works. Spectators who happened to see the situation and take their camera out in time to get a video filmed these clips. The franticness and panic of the person filming actually contributes to the video, because it speaks to the severity of the situation.

I think that it would have been nice if this video ended with a statistic or a chart. Because this video covers a number of African American people killed by police, it would’ve been helpful to have a statistic at the end showing how many African American people are killed by police on average and maybe link to a website that specializes in the topic.

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Pictures From Women’s Marches on Every Continent

I think that this article was really effective in communicating its message. There isn’t any text to this article, other than the label on each picture telling the city, and the words written on protesters signs.

The article flows easily from one photo to the next, each displaying a crowd or an individual protesting for women’s rights. This article doesn’t have any dramatic transitions, much like other photomontages have. I think that by having no transitions, it actually emphasizes the article’s message more. From my point of view, the article is trying to get out the message that people around the world care deeply about women’s rights, alike.

Each picture possesses similar crowds of diverse people. The only things that change are the buildings and landscapes because of the different location.

One multimedia element that I thought was cute and a nice addition is the little globe that follows the viewer from photo to photo. As the viewer looks through the slide show, the globe turns and pin points the location of the photo.

This article does have the ability to share via social media. There are icons at the top allowing the viewer to share the article via facebook, twitter, email and more. However, each individual photo cannot be shared and I think that could have been a nice option for viewers.