Two weeks ago I posted FITM - Breakfast Club Mashup, a post about a couple fan created videos for the song Lisztomania by the French band Phoenix (wikipedia). I had a chance to watch the official video recently. The video is fine as far as music videos go. However, I was struck by how much more I enjoyed the fan created videos. With video technology getting cheaper and more widely used, encouraging fan videos is a great way to interact and connect with fans as well as generate cheap and effective promotional material.
With current events in Iran demonstrating the impact of social media, it is worthwhile taking a look at what Clay Shirky (wikipedia) has to say about the changes internet social media is bringing. Clay gave this speech in May 2009.
Clay discusses events in Iran in this Q & A
I previously discussed Clay Shirky's thinking in Now We Can Do Big Things For Love.
People wanting to better understand the social and economic impact of internet technology would do well to seek out Shirky's writing and presentations.
hat tip @GuyKawasaki
While hanging out in a pizzeria late last night, Brad of the band Merchanise mentioned to Andrew Dubber that there was no budget for a second video to support an upcoming album. So Andrew suggested they make a video then and there using his digital camera (it has video capability). This is the result.
Find out more at Andrew Dubber's blog.
Here is a great mashup of the Magnum PI theme and Star Wars. I love how technology and the internet has allowed all sorts of interesting creativity.
Here is a side by side comparison of the original Magnum, PI open with the Han Solo, PI open.
hat tip Gizmodo