Well, folks, it's here. The new global time-waster video art project, Spinvision.TV!
Since releasing Twittervision and Flickrvision last year, I've been imagining what other kinds of visualizations could be created. It was really a natural progression. First text, then photos, and now videos. It's a trilogy of global media trivia.
Spinvision.TV takes videos from YouTube and plots them on a moving globe. The globe is provided by my friends at Poly9 and is built in Flash; since Flash includes video player capabilities, it was a matter of tweaking things to get the Poly9 FreeEarth component to work the way I wanted it to, and Poly9 was very helpful in making this happen.
We also had the idea to show night and day imagery of the earth, and I worked with Poly9 to put that together; the part of the globe that is illuminated is where it's really day when you're watching!
The end result, I hope, is an innovative, fresh look at "Video On Earth" and it's a view that I hope is captivating, educational, trivial, humorous, ridiculous, and truthful.
The simple idea behind Twittervision and Flickrvision was to show the earth in a new way. I think Spinvision does that too. While there is no shortage of online video content, it seems cloistered, disconnected, and partitioned. My goal with Spinvision was to break down those walls and provide the context of place and time.
Geography may seem irrelevant today, in the age of the global Interweb, but it still matters. The content that comes from our hometowns says much about who we are. Video posted from Saudi Arabia says something that people in France or in the United States need to see. Of course, we have more in common than divides us, but we need to visualize and comprehend that. And of course, we should be aware of our genuine cultural differences, and what they really are.
On YouTube (and other video sites) it's all too easy to watch videos from people just like you about people just like you who like the things that you like and who live in the country that you live in. While it's possible to break out of that and watch just about anything, the user interfaces don't encourage that.
Spinvision.TV wants you to watch outside your comfort zone.
We are seeking to partner with other video content sites besides YouTube, and would ask you to please contact us if you have video content that you would like to see presented on Spinvision.TV.
Please help me spread the word, and thanks again for your continued support and interest!