YOU CAN HAVE NO IDEA, how often one could find me wandering the tangential halls of Youtube. If ever you wish to truly enter the mind of someone else – let me give you an easy way to do so.
No need to ask deep, uncomfortable and perhaps (arguably) abstract questions. No need to spend hours upon hours, weeks upon weeks and perhaps, months upon months peeling the onion to search for your significant other’s true self.
Simply scroll through their Youtube video history from Midnight to 3AM; it may be one of those “oh” moments.
Having said that, I came across a video on Youtube that compelled me to share and write about.
Take a look. (7 Min Video)
Let me thank VOX for highlighting this work.
I hope more people come to find themselves grateful for the works of people like Jordan J Lloyd and his creative team at Dynamichrome. The work they do to enrich our perception of our collective history is invaluable.
I found this presentation simply uncanny. I cannot begin to describe how much I was drawn to this presentation. I suspect and secretly hope it had a similar effect on some of you. There is a sense of connection and familiarity that finds its way into the room as the images are shown to be colorized through modern colorization techniques.
This video, and the relationship we as people have with color, attests to the notion that we have so much to understand about our own properties of perception as human beings. I owe great thanks to those that continue to push the envelope in this field of art and humanities.
Although I could continue my commentary regarding this video and content, modern colorization techniques and the works of people like Jordan J Lloyd and Dynamichrome is not the main idea I wish to share and elaborate upon.
What I would like to discuss is an observation I refrained from exploring in my latest work Logicrats: A New Paradigm that this video compelled me to revisit and explore.
The idea being we remember what we reference to remember.
Up until very recently, this statement was undeniably the only thing that could be true.
History, up until perhaps very recently, has had no choice but to exist in a grotesquely fragmented state.
Meet Mike Rowe, an American television host and narrator that you may have come across already. He is notably involved in various projects you may already be aware of; including Discovery Channel’s series Dirty Jobs, CNN’s Series Somebody’s Gotta Do It and The Science Channel and National Geographic Channel’s programs Deadliest Catch, How The Universe Works and Shark Week.
Here is a quick description of his podcast in his own word:
“All good stories have a twist, and all great storytellers are just a little twisted. Join me for a different take on the people and events that you thought you knew, from pop culture to politics, Hollywood to history… The Way I Heard It is a series of short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span.”
Malcolm Gladwell: “Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance”
Another authentic attestation of the notion – we remember what we reference to remember is Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast Revisionist History. In this podcast Malcolm Gladwell does exactly what the title suggests; he goes back and reinterprets something from the past – an event, an idea or a person. As he states on his website, “Something overlooked. Something misunderstood.”
And if you like this podcast and the concept of “reinterpreting history”, I also recommend Malcolm’s latest book David and Goliath – a great read.
Needless to say, there are many stories out there that give a completely different perspective to the events we have come to either learn about or have lived through ourselves.
When we take a step back and realize how many accounts could have been possible for any single event in history, it is daunting to realize that there are so many aspects of history that:
- We may never collectively become aware of and has been for one reason or another lost in translation.
- There are aspects of our own history that we currently extrapolate from incorrectly.
Not to mention all of the things that were happening at the same time a “major historical” event was taking place; it’s exhausting to think about.
Although the account for who said it first is somewhat of a mystery (Mark Twain?), I sometimes find myself agreeable to the quote:
“History does not repeat itself but it does rhyme.”
And the fact that this quote cannot definitively be accounted for somewhat illustrates the challenge we have always seemingly faced when it comes to history.
And I think our politics have been highly susceptible to this limitative aspect of historical referencing.
Although I could dive much deeper into the political implications when reconciling the notion that we remember what we reference to remember, I will forgo this opportunity for two main reason.
- That could lead into an entirely new set of ideas and conversations.
- I don’t feel like it right now.
Although…a piece of advice I would give to my more politically inclined readers and friends who may have desired a little more substance in the way of political discussion: don’t be intimidated by historical precedence for its own sake; choose to give more value to the merit of ideas and you may be surprised in what ideas you end up endorsing.
Having said all this, I do not feel we are bound by this limitation. I truly feel the human spirit has time and time again shown to be compounding in nature. Just observing the advancement of technology in the past 150 years, attests to that will power; the internet being a grand, more recent example.
With the power of the internet and the progression of technology as we are experiencing it today, I feel it is very possible that one day in the very near future – we as human beings could have the ability document our existence in a much more immersive manner. If I was to guess, I would say we are living in a critical tipping point that may be seen in the future as the beginning of this new reality.
2 Main Reasons Why I Feel This Way
Reason 1: 360 Video
(Please note this video is simply here to showcase 360 degree videos – you don’t need to watch it all)
(Please Note: Elon Musk discussed “skipping ahead” at the 1:55 Mark and lasts approximately 15-20 seconds)
There is a concept that is mentioned by many entrepreneurs and thinkers and that is “tech hopping”. This idea stood out to me when I came across a video in which Elon Musk visited India and met with the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.
The growth rate of technology is so exponential that, in terms of electricity generation, Elon Musk says many rural areas may be able to simply “skip ahead” and not need a traditional power grid infrastructure.
This same concept could be applied to internet access. In fact, Facebook has already begun this “skip a step” process. <Check it Out
When you put these ideas together. It does not seem too farfetched to envision a time where virtually every person’s perspective could be recorded and stored in the cloud in some way, shape or form.
Imagine this in the near future,
- Putting on a virtual reality headset.
- Choosing a geographic location.
- Selecting real time or a time period in history.
- And then being presented a catalog of millions of different (360 / 4k resolution) perspectives of that said time period and location.
History class will never be the same.
This may seem a bit loony and some of the implications will, in fact, have challenges to overcome; I empathize with that.
But if these capabilities become the reality one day – it is difficult not to agree with the fact that we will grow and interact with our past in ways we cannot even come to imagine yet.
Immersiveness has a power and impact on our understanding of one another unlike any other attribute.
Think of the rise of reality television. Also think of “Vlogging”.
Meet Gary Vaynerchuk – a serial entrepreneur and marketing guru based out of New York.
Gary Vaynerchuk: “Stop trying to create, document”
This is the recurring theme and sentiment behind one of his various youtube series the “DailyVee”. His main objective in this series is to “document” the daily process of being a high level CEO.
You can access the entire series here but here is a 3 mini-series example from his DailyVee series where he recently visited Hong Kong for the first time for a business development initiative (these videos range from 6 minutes to 20 minutes).
I feel these 3 videos will give you a good idea of what he means when he says “don’t create, document” when it comes to social media content.
(Please Note: I am sharing these 3 videos to showcase the immersive nature of video logging. These videos are longer form and can be watched later at your leisure)
Hong Kong Part 1 – DAILYVEE 264
Hong Kong Part 2 – DAILYVEE 265
Hong Kong Part 3 – DAILYVEE 266
You may not be completely aware of this “document don’t create” style of video blogging (vlogging) and if you are not – I recommend you explore it. The number of topics for which you can find engaging vlogs is endless.
Once you do, I would be interested in learning to see if this type of content had a similar effect on you, as it did on me.
I have been following Gary for quite sometime and one peculiar effect his content has had on me is the following:
I feel as if I know Gary personally already – even though we have never met and he has no idea I exist.
And that absolutely baffles me! How can it be that immersive content is so impactful and influential?!
I may be wrong but I suspect there is a great value in further developing the immersive nature of our ideas.
If I am onto something – can you imagine the implications and the effects it will have on our businesses? Our education system? Our politics? Our society? The world?
What would the world look like if we had a more vested connection with our collective history?
Anyway, I apologize – that was quite the tangent.