Show and Tell: The Superlative Edition

My classes and I have pushed through a lot of exceptional media over the last two weeks but, in the midst of a longer summary, I realized that only two matter.

Lines

The first is Maria Moore’s photoset, “Lines,” (click through “Portfolio” to “Lines”) one of the most impressive collections I have ever seen. Though I find the reasons difficult to articulate, I can say that if you’re the sort who prefers the forest to the trees (that is, if you’re unafflicted by any detail-oriented obsession) this may not grab you like it did me.

If, however, you’re the sort who can’t help noticing the perfect angles on a stop sign even as a parade tromps past, meet your muse.

Food Fight

A history of US military operations — from WWII through Enduring Freedom — re-enacted by each country’s national fast food. On technical merit, it’s flawless, from the sound design, which carries a huge burden, to its seamless blend of stop-motion and motion graphics.

Its content is equally powerful and almost impossibly objective. The Cold War standoff is just a beautiful, succinct piece and I found myself even a little choked up when a tiny falafel ball sends a tall hamburger collapsing to the ground.

Please forward it along to a history teacher or a loved one or a loved history teacher. One of my students called it the best video he’d seen all year.

Update:

This thing just gets better. The filmmaker has a rundown of the conflicts depicted as well as a food-to-country cheat sheet. I had no idea beef stroganoff was a Russian thing. Awesome.

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5 Comments

  1. You’d think I’d have learned by now that if you link to a video it is worth my time. But, I was highly skeptical of the food fight video. It was amazing. I’ll be watching it again…and again, I’m sure. And passing it on to my college history professor husband.

    By the time I got to the falafel ball I’d forgotten your comment. It got me the same way.

  2. history teacher jeff says wow.

    what i wouldn’t give to be teaching american history this year…only problem would be to figure out how to take that video as far as possible.

    thanks dan!!!

  3. PS to clarify, pretty sure the falafel ball is riding a chicken fillet when it hits the tall hamburger. noticed it the third time i watched it…

  4. Maria Moore has some cool photos, but I say boo to web sites that change the dimensions of my browser window without asking. That’s just rude.

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