A spoken word video by 12 young Chicago teens was created in 2007 through the Open Youth Networks workshop YouthLAB (Listening Across Borders).
The video was co-written, shot and edited in two days. After watching a video of the great Gil Scott-Heron performing his brilliant and visionary spoken word piece - THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED, the young people in the workshop were asked what Heron might write today in the new era of participatory culture. The attempt was not to "disagree" with Heron but extend his dream of a brighter day by imagining a world where control of media technology and culture was decentralized and in the hands of the people.
YouthLAB took place at Columbia College Chicago and brought 20 youth together from Barbados and Chicago in virtual space to create an on-line collaboratory and participatory media project on the legacy of slavery. During the two week workshop, youth learned how to use social bookmarking, blogs, videos, online interactive maps, podcasts, skyping and other forms of Web 2.0 open source applications as a way of creating art, activism and global exchange. The goal behind YouthLAB is to encourage youth to imagine new socially conscious uses for media art and technology tools in ways that would benefit their own concerns and communities.
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