course work for LFYT 2008 was made in response to course readings in the Video Vortex
anthology on YouTube. In this class, the students had to write comments or make (or find) videos every other week in response to required readings.
Visual research, audio-visual thinking
, and video essays are forms of humanities "writing" that push the norms of traditional scholarship: "Audiovisual Thinking is a pioneering forum where academics and educators can articulate, conceptualize and disseminate their research about audiovisuality and audiovisual culture through the medium of video."[cit]
Media, Technology and Social Justice questions: "How can we counter trends of commercialism, privatization, decreasing public services and ongoing inequality? What would it take to get communities involved in media and community technology issues? Where are the opportunities for social justice in the media?[cit]
"YouTube and its ilk mean that today anyone can tell human rights stories ... if the stories are told with enough brio and skill, the public will pay attention, and the government may be more likely to respond. Critics pooh-pooh the importance of all of this by pointing to the fact that civil rights advocates have traditionally had a friend in the press. But they're missing the point: YouTube goes where the mainstream media can't or won't go. It's visceral. It's story first, message second. And it gives advocates instant access to an audience in a way that press releases and op-eds never can."[cit]