Another reading that I was really inspired by was Gillian Caldwell’s Video For Change: A Guide for Advocacy and Activism reading. She discusses the efficacy of video, and how it can elicit pathos through powerful words and sentiment. “Video could elicit powerful emotional impact, connecting viewers to personal stories. It can illustrate stark visual contrasts and provide direct visual evidence of abuses. It can be a vehicle for building coalitions with other groups working on an issue. It can reach a wide range of people since it does not require literacy to convey information. It can help counter stereotypes and assist you in reaching new, different and multiple audiences, particularly if broadcast is a possibility. And it can be used in segments of varying lengths for different contexts,” (Caldwell, p. 2).
This was particularly moving for the video project I worked on with Lucas and Josue. Our idea with the Youth Media Action Coalition was that it would be a platform for people, in particular youth in troubled neighborhoods, to share their stories with one another and connect with youth from other backgrounds. By bringing a variance of youth together, we had hoped to utilize video to bring about societal change and help elevate the youth out of troubled neighborhoods, while also hopefully bringing change to these neighborhoods. Similarly with our final project, we had hoped it would help fix racism and ignorance on our campuses, by sparking conversation about race and reflections on what is happening in 2014 America.