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10. IN THE CLOSET
Directed by fashion photographer Herb Ritts, the sepia-tinted clip for Jackson’s 1992 ode to secret lust, ‘In the Closet,’ was the sexiest video the singer ever made. The beautifully-shot film featured Jackson in a tank top and tight jeans, dancing sensually with gorgeous supermodel Naomi Campbell under the hot desert sun.
‘Say Say Say’ wasn’t the most groundbreaking of MJ’s videos, but it may be the one that best captures the fun, childlike side of his personality — the side that often gets lost when people think about his larger-than-life image. So ignore the fact that Michael’s love interest was his sister LaToya — hey, casting was harder in those days — and watch Mike and Mac goof off for five minutes as they play con men and vaudeville performers.
Boyz n the Hood’ director John Singleton was behind the camera for ‘Remember the Time,’ Jackson’s journey to ancient Egypt. The nine-minute film starred Eddie Murphy as a pharaoh and Iman as his queen, with whom Michael was once in love. Murphy sent his servants — who include Magic Johnson — after the singer, who always managed to stay one step ahead.
Michael returned to ‘Thriller’ director John Landis for his 1991 multicultural anthem ‘Black or White,’ the song that declared, “I’m not gonna spend my life being a color.” The singer danced with people of all races and nationalities to make his point. Aside from a Macaulay Culkin cameo, the highlight was an innovative sequence in which the faces of various people were digitally morphed into each other.
What, no ‘Bad,’ ‘Dirty Diana’ or ‘Rock With You’? Not every great video MJ made could fit into our list of the Top 10 Michael Jackson Videos. Let us know which ones we missed in the comments below.
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WCN COMMENTARY: As the world’s most likely first Transmedia Brandcasting Catalyst and Thought Leader, we’ve done a lot of Research at the WCN Think Tank on the future of monetizing streaming video for the future. Recently with the Death of Whitney Houston we called for the Mandating of a National Drug Database to control the last line of defense against dispensing multiple drugs by different doctors and pharmacies. Responding to that post Alan Falk and LinkedIn Connection created this piece called The Grand Unification Theory for Communication in the Future”. We find this to be a compelling read and wanted to share it with you.
By Alan Falk
Ok, let me admit up front: I’m a synthesist. It’s just the way my brain is wired: I take seemingly disparate concepts and notice similarities and figure out how they fit together in nw, otherwise as-yet-unnoticed ways.
Here you have Google, which has made a worldwide impact by developing search algorithms that are now used as tools by nearly everyone for search, correlation, combination of concepts.
Facebook has created a splendid connection environment for friends and families all around the world: photos, personal events, updates, communication.
But wait, there’s more…
Classmates.com also provides a means for people to contact and communicate with schoolmates from high school, college and elsewhere, linking people and their histories and events, too.
Twitter has made it possible for literally tens of thousands of people to keep in touch with incredible numbers of other people and organizations and to stay updated on any event that a subscriber cares to share or comment on.
Blogger and others have provided venues for anyone and everyone to express their ideas and rant or rave about whatever turns them on or off in the world around them. It is another way for the global community to discover others with similar (or opposing) viewpoints, for conversation… or rants.
Linked In has become a success in connecting people, originally in the working world. Anyone can search for co-workers currently or previously employed at a given company and connect to them even, if their lives have taken them physically far away, but who might still want an emotional (or at least email) connection to them.
Skype, where you can talk “face to face” through the internet to anyone with the right hardware, software and communications links. Email with sound and pictures, in real time!
And, of course, there’s email itself, which has revolutionized interpersonal and corporate and advertising communications at an incredible pace. Whether some of us like it or not.
So where does my synthesis come in?
A few years ago, a science-fiction program aired on TV: Flashforward.
The plot was based on the concept of a mysterious force that knocked nearly everyone on Earth out for several minutes, during which they seemed to experience a “flash forward” to what their life would be like some months in the future.
In Flashforward, one of the protagonists created a massive database and communication tool by which people could log on to a central repository and tell their stories… the images of the future they saw during their “blackout period.”
Everyone who wanted to could also search for others who had similar experiences and they could then compare notes. Future-Networking, if you will.
Some of the visions were good, some were frightening and for some who didn’t see anything during their blackout, they might conclude that they might not be alive in the near future. I was disappointed that the series didn’t continue for at least a few more years.
Back to the connection…
The database/communication “tool” in the program was named “Mosaic,” which was amusing to me, as Mosaic was one of the first internet browsers that allowed people to connect to the Internet without having to recite zeroes and ones and a prayer to their desktop computer to make it happen.
A breakthrough human interface tool.
More synthesis, if you don’t already see what’s coming… The “What If…?” part.
Let’s create a Future Vision for worldwide communications that lets anyone and everyone do things like… Let’s call it “The Network” for now. If you want to scare yourself silly, rent the first Terminator movie and think “SkyNet.”
Video: real-time and historical storage, sharing and archiving.
Photos and sound… ditto.
Connecting, like Facebook, Classmates, Linked In, Skype, etc.
And then add a few more layers that expand the scope and benefits to everyone…
Here’s where my synthesis took me:
You catch a cold. You’re not sure if it’s serious or not, but you post it on The Network.
Or you have some other symptoms, new or old, that might describe a known problem or a new one. Fever, chills, a rash, a lump, a pain…
Network files your information away for correlation and comparison.
All the time, Google-like algorithms are scanning posts like yours for patterns.
Usually, there’s no pattern, but once in a while, it might trigger an alarm if it sees a trend where, for example, a lot of people in one community or zip-code are suddenly reporting cold or flu symptoms. Hospitals or even the Centers for Disease Control or other agencies can be warned of a possible outbreak of a problem which might put whole communities at risk. They can also input their observations, which would be correlated with individuals’ reports and inputs.
An example might be tracking reports of serious illnesses, like cancer, tuberculosis, STDs, and so on. Individual data points can be stored securely and privacy can be protected to as great a degree as the users and contributors choose, but when a noticeable trend or concentration of data points “rings a bell somewhere,” users could be choose to be contacted “by the system” to encourage them to get to a doctor, hospital, or call “911 Now!”
Following the spread of a dangerous virus. Or being able to track an e-coli outbreak back to a starting point.
Discovering the number of people having the same problem with a defective part of their car.
Reporting a new spam virus.
Finding people with common interests to form or join a group or club.
Think outside the search engine. Think outside the email package.
Better than GoogleFace, for sure, or Facegle… Whatever.
I’ll leave that to the real marketing gurus.
Maybe just “The Network,” again. Or “Mosaic.”
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WCNTV Commentary: Today’s Transmedia Woman is Karyn Parson Founder and President of Sweet Blackberry. There hasn’t been a week that I have been a FB Friend that I have not learned something new about Black History. With United Nations Resolution 64/169 celebrating THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR FOR PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT we lift up the work fo the SWEET BLACKBERRY.ORG for keeping our history Alive. When considering which organizations to donate to this year. Don’t forget how all year long this organization is feeding potentially 800 Million Facebook Users who need only know Sweet Blackberry Exists and the incredible service they are performing for Kids. Thanks Karyn We love you work.
Karyn Parsons (Founder and President) is best known as the character “Hilary Banks” on the long-running television show, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” Karyn created the Sweet Blackberry foundation after being inspired by the true tale of a determined slave and the remarkable lengths he travelled to find his freedom. While growing up, Karyn’s mother, a librarian in the Black Resource Center of a library in South Central Los Angeles, would share stories of African-American accomplishment with her daughter.
A mother and activist, Karyn created Sweet Blackberry to use the power of stories to inspire youth. About Mission Statement: Our mission at Sweet Blackberry is to bring little known stories of African American achievement to children everywhere. Unfortunately, our schools often lack the time and resources to teach our children more than a handful of stories of African Americans in history.
These triumphant stories of individuals surmounting the odds and making invaluable contributions to our society are inspirational and empowering, illustrating for our children the concept that tremendous obstacles are actually opportunities for greatness. In addition to gaining historical knowledge and perspective, children of all races and ethnicities will feel a sense of shared history. Sweet Blackberry launched to critical acclaim in February 2005 with its first DVD release, “The Journey of Henry ‘Box’ Brown.”
Narrated by Emmy award-winning actress, Alfre Woodard, “The Journey of Henry ‘Box’ Brown” brings to life for young children an extremely important chapter in American History, telling an extraordinary tale of human courage about a man who shipped himself, in a box, from Virginia to Philadelphia to freedom. Sweet Blackberry’s second film, “Garrett’s Gift,” was narrated by award-winning actress, Queen Latifah.
It tells the story of young Garrett Morgan, a creative-minded child who was finally able to focus his talents and energies and become one of the country’s most highly regarded inventors. Sweet Blackberry’s films, “The Journey of Henry ‘Box’ Brown,” and “Garett’s Gift,” have both enjoyed a long run on HBO and HBO Family, and have both garnered several awards, including the Parent’s Choice Award. Pulling from a deep tradition of storytelling through both words and music, Sweet Blackberry brings a wealth of talent to the screen. Sweet Blackberry’s stories are narrated by actors from film and television, and the narration is complemented by vibrant, eclectic music.
Sweet Blackberry’s plans are to create content that works across multiple media platforms, leveraging the power of stories to teach and reach young children wherever they may be. Sweet Blackberry was founded by actor/writer, Karyn Parsons (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air). As a new mom, Parsons was motivated by a strong desire to instill a sense of culture and heritage to her daughter. Inspired by her own mother and upbringing, Parsons created Sweet Blackberry—delivering to all children, stories that need to be told and heard. This culture is American culture; this history is American History.