How to explain a political process with a video? (II)

Here we go again. The second part of my little collection of online videos that explain political processes. Indeed, this seems to develop into a little series of posts. (check out the first part here).

This time the topic is even more complex than last time: It is about the conflict in the Middle East. The video was made by Axel Rudolph, a student of media design in Ravensburg/Germany. Here he explains the purpose of the video:

My dissertation, titled ‘Knowledge’ for my degree at Ravensburg College (subject: media design) deals with a virtual TV format that gives current important matters a more visually attractive shape.

It is especially attractive to younger people. One of my goals is to show that education and learning may also have a ‘cool look’. This new look often reminds the viewer more of a TV music video than that of a matter-of-fact history lesson. The sample – to be seen here – gives a 5-minute-explanation of the roots of the Middle-East conflict. It took about 3 ½ months to research this project, write the story book, and prepare the animation graphics.

I think it is a great piece of work that shows how political news can be presented. The combination of powerful visuals, clear explanations and a certain ‘MTV feel’ is both informative and attractive. It actually reminds me of a survey from a couple of months ago that showed that a majority of people that watch news on TV actually don’t understand them. Maybe a video like that one could help…

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3 responses to “How to explain a political process with a video? (II)

  1. Two questions: what is the name of the survey and if you recall what was meant by “don’t understand” the news on TV?

    Excellent video by the way.

  2. I know I was rather lazy when writing the post 😉

    I was referring to a 2007 survey carried out Germany that asked people whether they understand (in the sense of comprehend) the language and the terms used in the main TV news show (tagesschau). Unfortunately I could not find the complete survey but only some news items that report about the findings. Have a look here and here.

    Well, I do not know how widespread the problem is and whether it also applies to international politics (the findings quoted in the articles mention only terms used in the domestic debate in Germany…). Now it would be interesting to see the exact methodology because these kind of surveys are sometimes controversial in this respect.

  3. Not one of your best videcs but do better next time.