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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    UnkieReamus, 21 Oct 2011 @ 2:16am

    A side note...which is actually the important part.

    First, let me say that I think this counter-contest is a cool idea. Having said that, I lack the time, skills and materials to submit my own entry, so I will suffice myself with these thoughts:

    I believe that the majority of the submissions, if indeed, not all of them, will focus of the effects of technology on commercial creativity. On the bands that can distribute their music to the populous without the intervention of a label, on the film-makers who can film with their phones, on the authors who can publish 99 cent ebooks.

    Those (And many more examples, but I believe in the rhetoric value of triplets) are all valuable things, however they are far...FAR...from the most valuable impact that technology has on creativity.

    I think, the most meaningful impact to be had is the non-commercial. Though I'll admit I'm somewhat biased...permit me to explain.

    I'm an American ex-pat in Honduras, down here, I run a program loosely based on the notions of the SOLE model (which is to say, it started out wholly based on that model, before it was discovered that our local use-case made that problematic, and thus the center evolved.).

    The kids who come into my center, as their parents before them, have had the creativity and curiosity (To my mind, the two are different sides of the same coin.) beaten out of them...unfortunately, sometimes literally.

    One of the mainstays of my program is that I have three computers capable of running Minecraft, and almost every child (I should clarify, ages 8-18) who comes into my center participates in the 15 minute rotation to play MC. These kids, in this virtual world devoid of consequences (Well, in creative mode, at least.), have the opportunity to finally explore the possibilities of creativity.

    I cannot help but to believe that in this exercise these children grow to be better people, people who no matter where they wind up, will make a greater contribution to society as a whole, be it ever so infinitesimal. Of such minor feats...snowballed across the worlds population...does a generation advance.

    That's my belief, anyhow...but then, I've already admitted I'm biased.

    (Sorry, btw, I've always been rather too fond of the parenthetical.)

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