Video of the Week: "Back to School Essentials | Sandy Hook Promise"

This video was highly promoted in my Twitter feed this past back-to-school season. Thankfully, the promoted Tweet warned “This is chilling.” The YouTube video itself also says, “**Please note that this PSA contains graphic content related to school shootings that may be upsetting to some viewers. If you feel that this subject matter may be too difficult for you, you may choose not to watch this video.**” Do you think PSAs like this should be out there?

Video of the Week - Sandy Hook Promise

Here’s what I’m wondering:

  • Code Red drills (preparing for an active shooter) have received a lot of press recently for being too intense for kids and therefore more harmful than helpful. What do you think?

  • Do you think this video is a good way to gain awareness of and/or support against school shootings?

  • Do you think there’s a specific place within the PSA where they cross the “line”?

  • For what audience do you think this video was designed? For whom is it not designed?

Video of the Week: "What Happened to Kid President? | Kid President Travel Show E1"

I have always been a sucker for Kid President’s honesty. It’s been a while, but he’s back! Take a look:

Video of the Week - What Happened to Kid President?

Here’s what I’m wondering:

  • What was the purpose of creating this video?

  • Do you think this video is more about sincerity or promotion? Why?

  • How does Kid President’s YouTube personality differ from his real personality? Do you think most YouTubers are different online than in real life?

  • Do you think it’s okay that Kid President just fell off the face of the internet for a while? Should he have communicated to his fans?

Video of the Week: "Would Banning Plastic Bottles Help or Hurt the Planet?"

Our choices often have unintended consequences. Both using plastic water bottles and banning them can have serious consequences for our planet. Take a look:

Video of the Week - Plastic Water Bottles

Here’s what I’m wondering:

  • Do you and/or your family use these single use plastic water bottles? Why or why not? If so, do you recycle them?

  • Do you think it’s a good idea to ban the use of plastic water bottles?

  • What are some alternative solutions you can think of for this dilemma?

  • Was there anything in this video you hadn’t previously considered about this argument?

  • Which facts stick out to you from this argument?

Video of the Week: "Safety for Everyone - Honda"

This video came on during college football on Saturday, and it made me wince just as much as the performance of my beloved Wolverines. Take a look:

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Here’s what I’m thinking:

  • In the beginning of the ad, what did you think they were advertising?

  • How do you feel about Honda using this level of pathos to sell their product? Is it clever? Or a low-blow?

  • Honda’s tagline for this campaign is “Safety for everyone.” Do you think this ad communicates that campaign? Why or why not?

  • What do you think about cars having these capabilities (like braking before you do, staying in your lane, autonomous driving)? Do you think they will be good for our society?

Video of the Week: "The Magic of Making Sound"

I’m not much of a TV person, but I do love a good movie. I love getting swooped up by a good story. A part of that storytelling is also in the sound effects. Thanks to Rushton Hurley’s monthly newsletter for this weeks video!

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Here’s what I’m wondering:

  • Which sound making technique was most surprising to you?

  • Have you ever listened to a podcast or audiobook or anything that has sound effects like this without the video? Were you able to transport to the new place?

  • Have you ever heard of this profession? Would this be a job you’d like to do in the future?

  • Does it bother you that you’re not hearing what actually is? Is this deception? Should filmmakers be able to do this?

  • This video is sponsored by The Weather Channel. Why do you think they chose to do that? Do you think they received their return on investment?