[Intensively] picture me the Civil War…

Posted on March 28, 2010 by

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I saw Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland today and I find that it is the third time in four months that I’ve had a movie experience that left me feeling like a kid in a candy store… or a kid in Disney World for the first time. The story lines were great, but really, I’ve been going absolutely ga-ga over depth, color, and dimension. At first there was A Christmas Carol, then Avatar, and now Alice in Wonderland. Is it coincidence that I have a heightened sense of awareness of graphic arts at the same time Hollywood has gone head-over heels with 3-D or… is it attributable to my brain being re-wired in the last grad program? (Our brains are consistently being “re-wired”, but I think there are some things that expedite that process, most especially when it comes to education that makes us think outside the box). Anyway, not only did I walk out of the grad program with a new passion for non-linear storytelling and digital rhetoric, but I’ve found that I have a huge obsession with graphic stimulation and it’s potential impact on history-telling in education. I really believe that history might be more effectively conveyed if triggered by higher forms of visual stimulation. More importantly, the greater the degree of stimulation, the more likely it seems that the memory will be imprinted on the brain longer, and perhaps, have a greater influence in the audiences’ investigating history on their own, in much greater depth. Just some passing thoughts in the wake of today’s cinematic experience…

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