“A New Twist: The Application Video”
Whenever I think of video applications, I think of reality shows like The Real World. That show has a casting process that deals with contestants sending videos of themselves describing many of their attributes, why they have charismatic appeal, and what they can contribute to the brand name. It seems like a very similar process compared to the application video to colleges, which coincidentally has to deal with the “real world” also, but just not for television this time. Obviously I’m not saying attending a college institution is the same thing as being on a care-free reality show and much of the details that you cover in your application video are far more introspective into your scholarly lifestyle than compared to boasting of how many shots you can take until you throw up. But, watching one of the example videos in class put the impression of an audition tape for a cheesy reality show in my head because of all the unnecessary and irrelevant specifics he chose to present. Having a more positive outlook on the topic, I guess it gives reviewers more of a personal connection to the applicant and gives them a face to put with all of the text they just read about the individual. Also, it gives a more clear insight on what the applicant is really like, behind the textual image they perceive through a resume. I view the application video as both a great way of learning about someone but at the same time, being a distracting bio that can stray away from the most important characteristics and accomplishments.
Integrating the web and all new technology that becomes accessible to us as college students into our work and research is very hard to avoid in this day and age and many institutions have been dealing with it in all the wrong ways. I guess when the internet was first expanding into households and classrooms all across the nation, it was much easier to regulate and issue restrictions on what content was acceptable to use academically. But as the web evolved so intricately into our regular study and work habits, it’s far more common today to have majority of your references from online sources. So instead of fighting against using a database of information like Wikipedia and other similar websites, institutions should further build upon these outlets. Having a huge school-wide collaboration of creating its own wikis for all the same topics that can be researched in general would allow schools to provide students with more trusted and credited resources. Wikipedia brought an infinite amount of information to user’s screens and with that creates an infinite amount of knowledge. This knowledge can be and has been used an extraordinary amount of times in homework, projects, research papers, studying and many other forms of academic work. Instead of fighting against using these outlets of information which has large amounts of research that can be used to help students further understand their work, schools should be finding new ways to integrate websites like Wikipedia in their academic structures. I was taught as a young teenager to stray away from Wikipedia because there can be a lot of misinformation on a topic and because there is no strict regulation on contributing that Wikipedia can actually be more detrimental to your work than helpful. Those were just assumptions being made by professionals who did not fully understand the new system that was being integrated. From recent research, Wikipedia is known to be just as accurate as Encyclopedia Britannica including have the same amount of errors per correct facts ratio. It’s a simple theory actually, the more people interested in a specific topic, the more the topic will be moderated by peers and fellow researchers to ensure it being as accurate as possible. This idea can be added into the education system so there would have to be no negative connotations about common sources.