Ok, I just had another crazy idea.
I was thinking about this YouTube show I really like, Hot Ones... It's an interview show using increasingly spicy chicken wings to throw off the interviewee. The concept is kind of hilarious but still innovative non-the-less. It got me thinking about the tutorial I had with Billie and the quick feedback I had with Matthew last week. They both were finding threads in my work that I hadn't identified yet. Or at least not consciously.
Billie pointed out that I have been exploring differing points of view, showing that opinions en masse become terrifying if you're outside the group. It's hard to remember that each of the voices making up the chants is still a person when all you hear is yelling. Matthew reminded me that I have a knack for pushing a bit further and seem to feel comfortable in situations that others might find difficult. He suggested I embed myself even further into my topic by designing conversations or shaping a protest, basically getting my hands dirty.
Something I have almost completely avoided in my work so far, for whatever reason, is direct one-to-one conversations. During the WIP show I really enjoyed interviewing my fellow students, not just the conversation but preparing for it as well. Creating my own podcast has been bouncing around in my head for a little while, but I've been pushing it aside to experiment more with pieces connected to the process I used during the symposium.
Part of my discussion with Billie revolved around the idea to reinvent or recreate debate as a positive experience. That idea is what sparked my previous post and research on the Perspective API. Protests are an echo chamber of thought, everyone collectively complaining, much like we see on social media. What if that echo chamber was a real physical place? What if I can reframe debate and encourage healthy discussion to combat the current social norm of simply ignoring or debasing ideas that you don't understand?
So! What about a drunk podcast?! Back to the Hot Ones reference, perhaps I can create an interview environment that provokes genuine debate in a fun and lively way? Where audiences don't feel overwhelmed and provoked but engaged and encouraged to have productive discussions? It's possible... Moon and I always have really interesting discussions over a pint... Finding people who hold opposing views, giving them a couple drinks, and letting them talk it out. You know, kinda like Hemingway, argue drunk and edit sober!
Haha we'll see. In the meantime I am still working on the idea to use your voice to comment on social media, ideally giving people the opportunity to think again before saying something they regret.
Anyway, I'll continue thinking about making as a physically engaging process...