Reminder: Create A PSA About The Impact Of Technology On Creativity And You Can Win $1,000

from the step-on-up dept

As you may remember, NBC Universal via New York City, is running a contest trying to get NYC school children to create anti-piracy public service announcement (PSA) propaganda videos. In exchange for that, they're giving the "winner" $500... but also taking their copyright. We think it's a bit ironic that a contest where you're forced to only talk about how great copyright is also forces you to give up your copyright.

Anyway, thanks to some generous Techdirt readers (and a matching grant from us directly), we're offering our own contest and the deadline is rapidly approaching. You've basically got a week left. We're looking for the PSAs to be about the impact of technology on creativity. We're not giving you talking points, or even a specific view you have to take. Unlike NBC Universal and New York City, we trust you to make your own arguments, not regurgitate what you've been handed. We're also offering twice the amount of money they are... and we don't force you to give up your copyright. So, step on up. Details of how to enter can be found here.
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  1. identicon
    out_of_the_blue, 20 Oct 2011 @ 7:43pm

    "Create A PSA About The Impact Of Technology On Creativity"

    Know what? The technology enables so much more entertaining uses of it for distraction that creativity /plummets/. I can go to Pirate Bay and pick from thousands -- hundreds -- well, for me, tens... maybe at least a couple -- anyway, a hypothetical "consumer" has potentially thousands of movies or videos or games available for easy and quick entertainment. I might have to sit around waiting for the download to complete especially on the less popular ones, but just means I should have started last night. Point is, technology is a double edged sword, and "creating" a PSA on short notice /might/ appeal to a few, but I doubt it: could be a deal of grinding work, and one needs inspiration for a start.

    Being as charitable as I can here, Mike, assuming -- well, never mind. However, you're not only up against reality that creating is hard work, you're also up against the reality that your fanboy-trolls are sufficiently entertained by only clicking the flag button on "darryl's" post, and I think that's about all they're capable of. But maybe they're all too busy "creating" a PSA to do more.

    Anyway, that's what I hold is the actual /effect/ of technology on creativity. (One sign of dropping creativity is the lamentable spread of misusing words like "impact" under the illusion that it has more force.) Consider my first paragraph of text up there my entry, unless the rules explicitly specify has to be a video. -- Or anyone can take the idea as basis for their own instantion in video.

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