Vanvittig video hitter på Facebook

eller – det påstår BT i hvert fald i denne artikel.

Jeg var til Wikipedia-dag for nylig, hvor jeg i et oplæg udbredte mig om fup og svindel på nettet og bl.a. viste den video, jeg også har omtalt her på bloggen. En af deltagerne fortalte om videoen, der hentydes til i overskriften, og spurgte om jeg vidste, om den var ægte. Det gjorde jeg ikke, for jeg havde ikke hørt om den. Men angiveligt har den været vist på både DR og TV2.

Jeg lovede at gå hjem og grave. Det har jeg imidlertid ikke fået meget ud af – dvs. jeg ved stadig ikke, om videoen er ægte. Den ser endog meget overbevisende ud, men alligevel er der nogle ting ved den, der pirrer min mistro.

  • Den findes KUN på BT. BT siger, at den “hitter” på Facebook, men jeg har ikke kunnet søge mig frem til den, og ingen af mine sønner eller andre, jeg har spurgt, har set den i deres Facebook-strøm. Dermed ikke sagt, at den ikke er der – det er bare mærkeligt, at den ikke dukker op i mine ret omfattende søgninger.
  • Den er ikke på YouTube og ikke på Vimeo. Mao den skulle være lagt direkte ud på Facebook. Det forekommer som mærkværdig adfærd for unge af Jackass-generationen (man får over 2 millioner hits, hvis man søger på Jackass på Youtube).
  • Hvis videoen er lavet med greenscreen (Chroma Key) teknologi, giver ovenstående nogenlunde mening. Det gør det ikke, hvis den er ægte.

Har du oplysninger, der kan føre til en opklaring af dette “mysterium”, så skriv endelig en kommentar eller ping mig på Twitter. Det gælder også, hvis du selv er stødt på noget, der har vakt din undren.

NB: Læs lige hele BTs artikel om videoen, inden du farer i tasterne.

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YouTube – 2

Noget af det hotteste blandt børn og unge lige nu er at se kommenterede gameplays. Hvad er det, spørger du – med god grund. Computerspil er efterhånden blevet så komplicerede, at ikke to runder i det samme spil er ens. Mange af spillene er også ret svære, så det tager lang tid at kæmpe sig fra niveau til niveau. En hel del spillere har så fundet på at indspille sig selv, mens de spiller – og tale hen over. Kvaliteten på disse videoer er meget forskellig, men finder man en gamer, der er både dygtig, sjov og veltalende, er det faktisk ret vanedannende. Og i modsætning til egentlig snyd (når man får koder til at springe over svære steder i spillene), så er dette en mere moden tilgang til at komme videre i spillet – det svarer lidt til at have en ældre, dygtigere ven eller en storebror, som man kan iagttage og lære af. Men det er jo ikke alle, der har sådan en.

Eksempler på praktisk brug af YouTube videoer:

Dreng er vild med trickløbehjul, men har ikke uanede midler til at købe for og ikke en far i huset med teknisk snilde. Han må derfor lære at forstå, hvordan alle delene passer (og ikke passer!) sammen og i hvilken rækkefølge de skal skilles og samles igen. Han har også brug for at finde ud af, hvilke typer af værktøj han skal anskaffe sig, og hvilke dele han skal købe og hvor, for at få det optimale løbehjul til den bedste pris.

Time efter time blev der brugt på søgninger på YouTube, hvor søgningen hele tiden kunne raffineres, efterhånden som han lærte nye begreber og navne på løbehjulsfirmaer og værktøj.

Nogen frustration blev det da til, når tingene så lettere ud på videoen, end de viste sig at være i virkeligheden – men enden blev, at han var den eneste dreng på skaterbanen, der selv kunne skille et løbehjul ad til atomer – og samle det igen.

Så bliver man ret populær!

Også i en helt anden boldgade kan YouTube  bruges til noget meningsfuldt, der rækker langt ind i off-line tilværelsen. Den talentfulde trommeslager Ihan fra 2012s vinder af Melodi Grandprix er helt igennem selvlært, og Soluna fandt hende på YouTube, hvor hun havde lagt videoer med sit trommespil, som en slags digitalt visitkort.

På mandag starter jeg en kort gennemgang af alle de sociale medier, jeg kan komme i tanker om. Men da der kommer nye hele tiden, halser man konstant bagud, når man skal kortlægge dem.

Denne serie blogindlæg om børn på nettet startede her.

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YouTube – 1

Som så meget andet på nettet – og i livet – er YouTube på én gang vidunderligt og forfærdeligt. Vidunderligt fordi der ingen grænser overhovedet er for de fantastiske ting, man kan finde dér. Opmuntrende, sjove, livsbekræftende, lærerige, nyttige og fantastiske videoer findes i 100.000vis. Jo, virkelig. Og forfærdeligt fordi der (heller ikke) er nogen ende på alt det skidt og møg og fordærvelse, mærkelige mennesker kan finde på at uploade.

Hjælp allerførst dit barn med at lave en konto. Det er nemmere for både dig og barnet at styre, når barnet har sin egen konto. Sikkerhedsindstillinger er også lettere at holde styr på – især hvis der er flere børn i husholdningen.

Desværre er YouTubes regler, for hvad børn må se, ret stramme (når du har sat den på den strammeste indstilling), så man bliver tidligt nødt til at lette på sikkerhedsindstillingerne. Det skyldes amerikanernes puritanske holdning til mange ting, blandt andet bandeord. Når børnene bliver 12-14 år vil de fx gerne se YouTube videoer med spilhacks, og når der er voice-over på disse, bruges der ofte et sprog, der svarer til det, de unge taler med hinanden. Det inkluderer altså en del bandeord. Husk også, at en meget stor del af de unges YouTube brug allerede nu er flyttet over på mobilen. Hvis dit barn laver en kanal og uploader egne videoer, så kan du abonnere. Men altså kun, hvis du selv har en YouTube konto. Det har du måske allerede uden at vide det, hvis du har en G-mail. Google ejer YouTube og samme log-in duer begge steder.

En anden god grund til at lade børnene få en YouTube-konto tidligt (også her er aldersgrænsen på 13 år helt i skoven), er at kontoen kan sættes op til at abonnere på (lærings)videoer inden for de felter, hvert enkelt barn er mest optaget af. På YouTube kan man lære origami, papirflyverfoldning, samling af løbehjul, kodning (programmering) af småprogrammer, tricks til videoredigering, matematik, lodning, porcelænsmaling, madlavning, make-up, håropsætning, etc. etc.

Hjælp fx dit barn med en liste over de mest almindelige ord på engelsk inden for barnets interesseområde. Så undgår du også, at de fejlstaver eller misforstår engelske ord og udtryk og måske får søgeresultater både de og du helst ville undgå.

Med andre ord: Hvis du og dine børn aldrig ser andet på YouTube end virale film fra Facebook eller søde dyrefilm, så er det altså DIT problem. Ikke YouTubes.

 

I morgen lidt mere om YouTube, mandag begynder jeg gennemgang af et stort udvalg af sociale medier og tjenester. Hvis du først lige er stødt på denne blog om børn på nettet, så er her link til den første post i serien.

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Så forstå det dog!

Knægten i denne video snakker godt nok meget og længe, men han har altså ret. Al den forskning, jeg har fundet om børn og computerspil, understøtter de erfaringer, han selv har gjort. Men hans sidste bemærkninger om fedme – det er altså noget vrøvl ;-) Tak til Nikoline Agger (og hendes søn) for at dele den med mig.

Hvis du ikke tror på det, så se videoen herunder med neurologen Daphne Bavelier.

Computerspil er trådt i stedet for TV for mange yngre – og i en del tilfælde er computerspil faktisk mere udviklende end TV. I øvrigt er 42% af alle gamere nu kvinder/piger og gennemsnitsalderen for en gamer er 34. Der er altså stor chance for, at den pæne unge mand, der betjener dig i banken eller pædagogen i fritidshjemmet gi’r den gas derhjemme med World of Warcraft eller Black Ops. Jeg tror nok, jeg foretrækker en fritidspædagog, der spiller computerspil frem for en, der bruger en tilsvarende mængde tid på at stene De Unge Mødre eller Luksusfælden.

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Børn finder svaret på YouTube

Mange børn og unge springer Google over, når de skal finde ud af noget. De søger direkte i YouTube. Børn er så meget hurtigere end os andre til at lure, at det, der kan tage timer at lære ved hjælp af “så gør du sådan og så gør du sådan”-vejledning, kan læres på den halve tid ved at se nogen gøre det. Min yngste søn har lært sig selv alt, hvad han kan af praktiske ting (også nogle upraktiske…), på YouTube. Sandelig også ting jeg ikke lige havde forestillet mig, at man kunne lære.

Her er nogle eksempler på, hvad han har lært sig selv.

Hvis dine børn ikke allerede lærer sig selv ting og sager, så opret en YouTube-konto til dem og find kanaler, der tilbyder videoer inden for dit barns interesseområder. De kan starte helt ned i treårsalderen med at lære at folde papirflyvere og -hatte. Så har du sat dem på sporet til et aktivt og lærende liv på nettet. Ikke det værste, du kan gøre for dit barn.

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An Apple a day

As today is a very special day for all us Apple-geeks, I’ll use some of the horrible hours of waiting to present to you a bit of nerdy news. We’re talking everything from strictly business to strictly silly.

There’s always new stuff to enhance your work/pleasure time in front of the screen. @4nd3rs from Danish Radio’s brilliant tech-programme Harddisken recommends this extra security for G-mail. Given the latest scare with G-mail accounts that disappeared (not really, they are all restored by now), this might be a good idea. Another very practical thingummy is Amplify, an add-on for Firefox and Chrome, which will let you clip and save anything on the page you’re on for instant mailing, blogging, tweeting, FB’ing or whatever. Really smart!

Do you listen to audio books? I do, occasionally, when all the brilliant podcasts aren’t filling up my time. Audiobooks, however, are often quite expensive, so there’s a natural limit to how many you’ll listen to. Funzafunza, also from the above mentioned Harddisken, mentioned Librivox, a truly original concept where you can find public domain books read by “normal people”. I’ve downloaded Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, a book I’ve wanted to read for ages. Next plane-ride, I’ll listen to it. The reader of this particular novel, a woman, doesn’t have the most pleasing voice on the planet, but I’m sure I’ll get used to her as I listen along. And, there may be other books there, read by more pleasant-sounding people. Anyway, I think it’s a brilliant concept! Do you have a pleasant voice, do you like reading to others and do you love an old book, why not give it a chance and contribute? I will, as soon as I have half a day to spend…

The eternal discussion of whether social media and the web in general is distracting us from true immersion in work, reading, etc. and making us into flimsy flutterers goes on and on. I’m biased, so I’ll only link to people who agree with me. *smirks*. Here’s the honourable Jeff Jarvis on the subject. He links back to the weightiest of previous articles in American media. It was @Elnif who pointed to that one.

And then there’s that there Twitter. Here’s what I’ve read lately on that subject. This in the Guardian, helping the positively curious to make heads and tails of it. This is a funny but not untrue infographic about the process of getting into Twitter.

Lately, I’ve been adding my bit to posterity, in this case Danish Wikipedia. Working with Wikipedia is not easy, it’s not at all like blogging, but as I’m incredibly stubborn I just keep at it. Also, I get help from kind Wikipedians (and also some pointing with a very big stick from less kind Wikipedians). So this well researched article about why women don’t contribute more (13%) to Wikipedia really hit home.

Where would you like to work if you could choose? Fast Company has picked the 50 most innovative companies. Together with Fortune’s Top 100 over the best companies to work for, we have a good starting point. That said, I’m totally happy working for myself. I’m such a nice boss, really, even though the salary s*cks.

Finally, we need something about language (from @stensamler), books and books (from @bogtyven).

Oh, and more books. (Would have loved to have embedded this charming, artistic and funny video. But since, apparently, they use a tune that Sony owns the copyright to, it can only be watched directly on Youtube. Bah!)

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Contentedness

As regular readers will know I read and think (and subsequently write) a great deal about happiness. Quite often I’ve discussed the word happiness with people and tend to agree that the word itself stands in the way of our experience of it. Happiness has become synonymous with big white weddings, having beautiful perfect babies, going on marvelous vacations with your larger-than-life family. Which then leads to people saying that they don’t need happiness, they’ll just settle back and accept some sort of equilibrium and satisfaction with being un-unhappy…

However, I maintain that the above mentioned Big Occasions are not what constitutes happiness and want to reclaim the word. What I really mean with the word is more the contentedness from the title, but there are two downsides to that word. One is the word in itself – it’s a dreadful word, just look at it! The other is that if you say you’re content you’re almost also saying that you are happy where you are and don’t want to change anything.

That’s not how I see happiness. I consider myself an above-average happy person. It’s not that I’m ♫ Always Looking at the Bright Side of Life ♫ and turning the blind eye to the darker side, but I do try to because I find many people’s dwelling on even minor miseries really irksome and I don’t want to moan whinge moan like they do. If you follow me on Twitter you’ll know that I do whinge occasionally, but I try to keep it at a minimum and also try to be constructive about it. Our family’s life situation at present is cr*p with too many uncertainties for anybody’s liking. What I’m trying to do is to find the balance between realizing the seriousness of the situation and dealing with it accordingly and sitting back and feeling sorry for myself. I certainly allow myself to feel self pity over finding myself in this situation, but on the other hand, I like to think back and see how often something surprisingly good has come of situations not unlike this one. I believe in luck, but I also believe that you – to a large extent – can create your own luck by “paving the way for it”, so to speak.

Watch me, on my knees, removing all the weeds and obstacles on luck’s path!

Yesterday I watched a new speech on TED. It’s with Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman, the “behavioural economist” about the substantial difference between the “remembering self” and the “experiencing self”. It goes a long way to describe how we perceive our past and why we often make such bad decisions based on that. I’m glad I saw it before the major decisions awaiting us ahead!

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JK Rowling and Failure in the same sentence

Of the many, many brilliant speeches I’ve seen/listened to on TED, this is the one that has touched me the most. JK Rowling, I bow to your wisdom! This speech is perfect in an oratorical sense, I’m sure Cicero is nodding approvingly from the podium in the sky. It is wise, it is funny, it is profound, it is sweet and it is poignant. Although a big fan of the Harry Potter books, not only as entertainment for children but as literature in their own right, I had no idea that their author was such a warm and compassionate person.

J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement from Harvard Magazine on Vimeo.

Please take time out to listen to this speech. And please, when you’ve heard the first 5-10 minutes, don’t think you’ve heard it all, because you HAVEN’T! If she has touched the hearts of just 5-10 of the privileged young Harvard graduates she was speaking to, then a lot of good will come of it!

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Censorship not needed

when millions of people willingly watch this brainwashing TV-station every day (it’s a mash-up obviously)?

Watch the whole video, then sit back in your chair a minute and try and recall what the Republicans have called Ms. Clinton, Ms. Pelosi or Ms. Sotomayor. If you don’t recall, google it. Or use my new pet search engine Spezify. I was directed to the video from here – a link I found on Twitter, posted by @sharonKONE.

That censorship luckily becomes more and more difficult for the horrible regimes around the world is shown by this excellent article in the Washington Post.

For all the people out there who struggle to hear our voices and who struggle to make their own voices heard over the clatter of the propaganda machines and the short, short memory of the Western press, we really owe them to qualify the news we read/watch/hear and check our sources. We’re the ones who can!

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Wonders of the world

It will never cease to amaze me how many fantastic people have spoken at the TED conferences over the years. I’ve seen quite a lot of them, but they keep releasing more and there keep coming new fantastic, eye-opening ones. Like this one about classical music. How is your relationship with classical music? Are you indifferent or do you hate it? I’ll ask you, since you’ve already done me the favour of visiting my blog, to also indulge me and see this video. It is 20 minutes long. If you’re touched by it, like I was, let me know. If you’re not, explain why, but please let me know that too!

The speaker is conductor and motivational speaker Benjamin Zander:

I don’t have much to add today, it’s just one of those days when I prefer to let others do the talking. I’ve posted this on my blog before, but it’s my all time favourite TED talk, so here it comes again. If you haven’t heard it before and if you found the above one inspiring, you’ll adore this one. It gives you faith in humanity. Something that’s much needed.

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Happiness again

Today’s TED talk is about happiness. It’s with Nancy Etcoff, an evolutionary psychologist. It’s 20 minutes.

She has some interesting points, e.g. that a successful marriage has a 5:1 rate. Of what, you might ask. For every one harsh and unpleasant thing one spouse says to the other, five niceties are needed to make up for it. So in a successful marriage then, we say five nice things to our spouse for each not-so-nice. Good thing to remember!

She mentions words that describe different kinds of happiness and gives us something to think about. Namely that some languages have happiness-words that other languages totally lack!

  • Fiero – pride in an achievement
  • Schadenfreude – taking pleasure in other people’s misery
  • Naches – pride and joy in one’s children

And she muses over the fact that no language she knows of has a word to describe one’s happiness for another person’s happiness.

Finally, she quotes Epictetus:

First say to yourself what you would be. Then do what you have to do.

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Religious zeal – or what's worse

Politics:

An interview with Hanif Kureishi about what has happened to the world since the fatwa against Salman Rushdie‘s The Satanic Verses. It’s very interesting and deserves to be read by anyone who takes an interest in these matters. Here’s a quote:

The Rushdie affair, Kureishi believes, transformed not just his own work, but also “the very notion of writing.” The fatwa “created a climate of terror and fear. Writers had to think about what they were writing in a way they never had to before. Free speech became an issue as it had not been before. Liberals had to take a stand, to defend an ideology they had not really had to think about before.” How have they borne up to the task? “The attacks on Rushdie showed that words can be dangerous. They also showed why critical thought is more important than ever, why blasphemy and immorality and insult need protection. But most people, most writers, want to keep their heads down, live a quiet life. They don’t want a bomb in the letterbox. They have succumbed to the fear.”

They also touch on the Danish cartoon controversy. I thought then and I still think that it was perfectly all right to publish those drawings, if they had been in some sort of context. The most controversial one, the one with the mullah with the bomb in the turban would probably had gone by quite unnoticed had it accompanied an article about one of those insane Islamic fanatics who we always see on videos thundering about the imminent demise of the Western World. But the context of the drawings, if anyone should have forgotten, was a purposeful attempt to insult Muslims. Plain and simple. Nothing else. And I find that despicable.

I’ve read several of Kureishi’s books and of course also seen the lovely My Beautiful Launderette, but bow my head and admit that I’ve never gotten around to read the Satanic Verses or any of Rushdie’s other books. I don’t like Rushdie much and, although I’m always preaching to others about not letting the artist overshadow the work, I guess that’s what’s influenced me so I haven’t read any of his books. I even have one or two on the shelf… It was the clever twitterer @howardsends who alerted me to the interview.

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Here’s a video from a congressional hearing on climate change. You will have to see it to believe that so much nonsense can come out of the mouth of a grown up and totally sane looking suit-clad congressman. (notice how the girl behind him tries not to smile). Pointer (again) from Andrew Sullivan at the Atlantic.

Here’s a good, reflective piece from Time Magazine about the Earth Hour.

IQ:

Thorough and well written review of important book about IQ as being hereditary or environmental. As with almost everything else, it’s not either or, it’s AND. Of course intelligence can be cultivated. And of course black people don’t have lower IQs than whites because of their race. And of course women don’t have lower IQs than men. As with any other gift you inherit from your ancestors you can either do something with it or not!

Tech:

If the management on NYT and International Herald Tribune are this dumb, there’s very little hope for the world!

Food:

How to use chopsticks. Instructional video. 90 secs. It works. Found on this interesting looking blog via Sheamus who never fails to twitter about interesting stuff.

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Undo – it's doable now!

Politics:

Were you in favour of the war in Iraq? Check Bush’s “entry” speech here. Andrew Sullivan is embarrassed that he fell for it. I would be too! I’m proud that my sister and I actually took part in an anti-war demonstration – none of us being people normally given to demonstrations.

Bush has no regrets, apparently. Bush’s legal councel John Yoo, who wrote the infamous memo that “allowed” torture, isn’t either. Read about it here.

Obama made an appearance on the Jay Leno show. That’s a first. He managed to make a blunder and had to apologize profusely. Why is it that nobody seems to be able to take an innocent joke for what it is?

Writing/blogging:

An interesting post about why we (yeah, well, some of us) so urgently feel the need to share our thoughts with others.

Web:

Microsoft tries to explain what their new privacy settings are for. It’s close to funny.

Kottke.org has this interesting story about how much revenue the “was this review helpful to you” question on Amazon generates.

If you have heard or read any tech news today, you already know this, but here goes anyway. A Godsend to every Gmail user. Now you can un-send your messages – as long as you’re quick!

Health:

Why am I not surprised? (Why alcohol makes you feel good).

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Completely unrelated…

As a comment to yesterday’s post about the web’s damaging influence on innocent young children, check this little (1.6 min) speech by Don Tapscott, which is in fact a well disguised and well executed advert for his latest book. I guarantee it’ll make you smile.

On a completely different subject – or subjects – is a post on theTimes’ Alpha Mummy blog. It’s about how the death of David Cameron‘s son touches us all, no matter how we might feel about him. And about how well he and his family have handled the publicity around their private lives. It’s also – and subtly related – about the survivors of the US Airways flight emergency landing on the Hudson. How some passengers are now suing the airline while others are just immensely grateful to be alive – realising that a flock of birds is “the Black Swan” – the highly improbable and should not lead to blame. Not a long post, very much worth reading.

I wish you a merry Friday afternoon & evening. Let’s go out and do some good!

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More, yes MORE about youngsters and social networking

I’ve written a lot about this lately and now it’s a major media storm here. If you haven’t read my last entry on the subject, this one probably won’t make much sense, unless you instead read this excellent post from a blog I didn’t know existed, but am more than glad that I’ve now found. It’s called Bad Science and that’s just what it’s about. Much needed!

In the post you can see a video clip from BBC’s Newsnight from last night, where Ben Goldacre, who writes Bad Science discusses with a psychologist who claims that social networking makes you physically ill… It’s here:

On his blog he also points to this article about a scientific study from the University of Southern California and the University of California at Berkeley, which claims that social networking in fact empowers the young. The full study is here.

I warmly recommend reading the whole article in the Washington Times (not long), as it has some good down-to-earth tips about how to go about helping your child using social networking in a healthy and responsible way.

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