Saturday, December 31, 2011

Visual reminders

Here are two videos, each presenting quick visual reviews of what was a remarkable year.

The video above, “2011: The Year In 100 Seconds”, is from Talking Points Memo. They do a series of these “in 100 seconds” videos to give a quick visual tour of a subject. They’re available on their tmptv Channel on YouTube.

The video below is from Google Zeitgeist. In a lot of ways, it seems like just an extended commercial for Google products—but when you consider the role those products played in the events shown (Google search and YouTube in particular), it seems strangely appropriate. I commented on the Google Zeitgeist for New Zealand a couple weeks ago.

I like both these videos, for somewhat different reasons, so I decided to post them both. But the thing I like best in both of them is the final line in Google’s video: We made it. Any time we can say that at the end of the year, it is, everything else aside, a very good thing, indeed.

Let’s see what we can do with 2012.


Roger Owen Green said...

Ah, depressed that I actually don't even remember the floods in Brazil; the floods in the Philippines must have happened too late for the video.

The deaf woman hearing and Gabby Giffords back in Congress both made me a little verklempt, so I guess the latter video was more affecting.

Arthur Schenck said...

Yep, I agree. Actually, I think I'd have been surprised only if the second video didn't affect me in some way!

Jason in DC said...

I think you can say that 2011 was a year of major developments that will be remembered for a very long time. You can't always say that. The disaster in Japan will be event remembered for a very long time. The Arab spring which we all hopes becomes the Arab summer.

So 2011 was a year that will be remembered for a long time.