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.
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.
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.