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Video Streaming and the Imagination Consumer

There was a time when Groucho Marx said, “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”

At the time it was understood that television stole the imaginations of people because on the small screens in the corners of rooms across America no one had to listen to the radio and wonder what the world was like that was being described in the ‘theater of the mind’.

MTV took the notion of finding meaning in a song to an unusual place where the association you might have with a song was no longer based on a set of personal experiences tied to the song, but rather the video released in support of the single.

Ann Landers once said, “Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.”

Together a generation lamented the passing of imagination as a new generation seemed ill equipped to understand the lamentation song. This new generation not only approved of the entertainment value of video they began demanding the video be portable. From home video to DVD players in vehicles and then to portable devices with on demand video streaming the former lamentation has been inculcated into the very fabric of life in the 21st century.

Paddy Chayevsky may have understood this shift when these words were penned, “[Television is] the menace that everyone loves to hate but can’t seem to live without.”

Just try managing an outing with the family renting a motel room that does not have a TV. This would be thought of as the ultimate punishment.

For this generation on demand video streaming has made its way to computers and portable devices. They can get caught up on sports highlights, news stories the latest real life videos from YouTube or similar site, they can watch music videos and receive video messages from friends and family fully streamed to they downloadable device for viewing whenever they want to watch.

In 1929 the New York Times reported, “TV will never be a serious competitor for radio because people must sit and keep their eyes glued on a screen; the average American family hasn’t time for it.”

This sentiment is proof that we can never really adequately explain the power of certain dynamics that fluctuate from one generation to the next.

Video streaming is a growing phenomenon that seems to be the logical extension of television for an on demand and highly mobile world.

Video streaming is taking us places and in the words of Bill Gates, “Where do you want to go today?”

Music Degrees – Sound Editing and Other Technical Music Jobs

Education is a major part of life. It is a way to learn the information and the skills needed to perform a particular job. Without it, it is harder to get a job, especially in the music industry. Here are some options for education for sound editing and other areas of technical support within the music industry.

Your music industry education can begin in college. If you are sure that you want to be the person who edits the recorded sound to make it better, then a college with a specialized music program is your best bet. These programs offer intense study of music and hands-on training. Someone who graduates from one of these programs will have the advantage of actual knowledge of music equipment.

Technical schools are also in high demand. At one time, people shunned technical training as being second class. It ran a distant second place to getting a degree at a four-year institution. But, when it came to finding jobs after graduation, technical school graduates had one very important advantage-legitimate experience handling the latest equipment used in the music industry.

Technical schools provide a mix of book learning and lectures and time in the music lab. Students get to create music, edit sound, and produce their own music to see how the process works. Many technical degrees are two-year programs but a lot of fundamentals and advanced teaching goes on in those programs.

Internships are required at most technical schools. They evaluate their students and how they apply the skills learned in the classroom in a work setting. Some programs at four-year institutions require internships before graduation but not all. An internship at this stage with an instructor to back you up is a great initiation into the music industry.

When choosing a music school or a music program at a college or university, review the entire program. Are the instructors credentialed? In the music industry, this could mean that they have twenty years experience as a sound editing engineer or a music producer. A Bachelors degree wouldn’t hurt either. With the constant changes in the music industry, be sure that your instructors can provide the type of training for you that is currently pertinent to the industry.

How is the program set up? Many programs offer more book work and less time in the lab. Theory is good to know if you are planning on a career in teaching. For a career that involves working in a music studio or on the sets of music videos, hands-on experience is more practical.

Studios are looking for graduates who can jump right in and be a part of the company. If the studio head asks you to sit at a station and make the sound better, your career could take a dive if you can’t work the equipment or provide an interesting answer. They don’t have time to waste on unprepared people.

Distance learning is also a way to get the education you need to perform technical jobs in the music industry. For those who have to work a regular job during the day to make ends meet, distance learning programs provide the opportunity they seek. All you need is a willingness to be flexible, a computer with Internet hook-up, a telephone, and commitment. Many distance learning programs are affiliated with local community colleges or university campuses so students have access to musical equipment. A student has the best of both worlds on their own terms.

So, before you decide to move to a major city to go to school, check out the local technical schools and distance learning. Being in New York or California won’t make you more likely to be hired, but the content of your school program might. Check with potential studios to see what program accreditations they recognize and shoot for a music program that has them.

Baby Education Videos – Worth the Investment?

Baby education videos have caught on in a big way in recent years. From a wide variety of publishers, in a wide variety of titles, DVDs promising to help give your baby a head start in education with bright colors, shapes, and music are all being heavily promoted as a fantastic way to help entertain your child while she learns. Are all of these videos really what they’re cracked up to be, though?

Educational videos are touted to help stimulate babies’ brains, though not necessarily in a specific area. Designed to be interesting and engaging to infants, many titles rely on things like studies on the effect of classical music on learning and intelligence. As a result, you’ll hear a whole lot of Mozart on these videos. Many of them also incorporate bright colors and simple shapes, to help engage your child’s natural curiosity, as well as images of animals and nature. Now, this all sounds like it would be very engaging to a young child, and all parents want to give their kids the best head start they can, but do these videos really offer any concrete advancement?

Not necessarily, say recent studies. One notable look at baby education videos by the University of Washington actually demonstrates that babies shown these videos, particularly those in the eight months to year and a half old age group, actually had fewer vocabulary skills than those that didn’t. More and more, research is showing that not only do these videos not educate, they can set back development of language skills, since babies require face-to-face interaction to best encourage this kind of learning. Of course, these videos don’t promise more language skills, instead couching their benefits in vague terms like “brain stimulation.” However, too much stimulation isn’t a good thing either, and, instead, can result in kids that require the constant stimulation of television or video games, as opposed to milder activities like reading or floor play. The American Academy of Pediatrics actually recommends that children under the age of two watch no television at all.

Like anything else, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. While baby education videos make a lot of promises, they are careful to word these promises in terms that don’t mention any concrete results. As always, the best way to encourage learning in young children is to play with them, speak to them, and teach them in person, and leave T.V. time to older kids.