17 Jan. Video Essay Intro. & Nixon


Nixon, “Scenes From the Seabed”

Let’s take a few minutes and work through these questions:
  • 1. What does Nixon mean by “slow violence”?
  • 2. What makes slow violence difficult represent according to Nixon?
  • 3. What are some examples of ways incremental, environmental change can be represented? How do some examples Nixon cites use visual rhetoric to reach audiences?
  • 4. What assumptions about the future enables slow violence to continue?

Video Essay, Prewrite

  • Pick a TV show episode, movie, or video game and then describe how that text represents the future. How does the future represented in the text you chose affect social, ecological, and/or technological transformation?

Video Essay Overview 

Video Essay Examples

As we watch the following Video Essays, please keep the following in mind:
  • 1. What’s the claim/goal? Does the author achieve it?
  • 2. How does the essay develop its claim: close reading, preponderance of evidence, transitions, visual design, voice-over, etc?
  • 3. Describe the organization?

“When Did Time Travel Come From?” (Nerdwriter1)

“Who Wins the Scene” (Every Frame A Picture)

BirdBox (Kill Count)