This post probably won't go anywhere, but I've been thinking about time - and how the pupils and teachers at a school might have different access to it for what they want to do.
This was prompted by a couple of things - first of all reading a discussion on the Flickr web site about (among other things) Microsoft's rumoured merger with / assimilation of / eating of Yahoo!, which would have implications for the Flickr community (already previously narked by upheaval resulting from Yahoo! acquiring the site anyway), and the rumour that Flickr will offer video posting in the near future.
Posters in the Flickr discussion were concerned with the difference between photography and film making - not even top quality films, but the sort of stuff which gets one edit (typically in Movie Maker or iMovie) and ends up on GoogTube. One observation was
let's face it, video content on average takes much longer to put together than photography, and who has the time apart from them and advertising companies to do this?...Hence the content in Youtube. (see context)A response further down the thread (but not in response to the words quoted above) was
surely you aren't comparing the steady addition of new still photographers (most of whom fit into the same old demographics, and blend into flickr culture easily) to the sudden growth from an entirely new segment of videoheads (yes, I'm still talking about my 15-year-old son) (see context).Second was the extra section of New York Times stories which came with yesterday's paper. This is always an entertaining section, I always thought the style of headlines from The Onion was specific to that publication, but reading the NYT section I realise that they're very representative. The main headline in the supplement was Always On, Never Alone and the it referred to the two lead articles which followed it and spilled over into the pages which followed. They're both on the NYT web site (subscription - free - required) - Social Networking Leaves the Confimes of the Computer (in the image on the right it's the story entitled With a Phone In Hand, Friends Are Never Far) and From Many Tweets, One Loud Voice on the Internet (entitled Thousands of Messages Let Users Share the Trivial). If you don't want to subscribe, I've PDFed the documents and they should be visible in the widget below.