OhioLINK's Digital Video Collection offers more than 2,300 digital, educational videos that you can stream or download from your desktop to show in class, link to from course pages and utilize for research. These videos can help you learn more about a particular subject, future career or foreign language. The 10 most popular Digital Video Collection videos in 2008 were:
1.) Impressing their Friends (Triumph of the Nerds series)
It happened more or less by accident; the people who made it happen were amateurs; and for the most part they still are. From his own Silicon Valley garage, author Bob Cringely puts PC bigshots and nerds on the spot, and tells their incredible true stories. Like the industry itself, the series is informative, funny and brash. Bob Cringely, Silicon Valley and some spectacularly successful nerds. Intel. The Altair 8800 and the Homebrew Computer Club. Enter Paul Allen and Bill Gates. The West Coast Computer Fair and hippie culture collides with nerds and hobbyists. Steve Wozniak spawns Apple II. Steve Jobs,at 25, worth $100 million. The imminent arrival of IBM. Computer nerds impressing their friends. (2002, 51 minutes)
2.) Sir Edward Evans-Pritchard: Strange Beliefs (Strangers Abroad series)
Edward Evans-Pritchard was the first trained anthropologist to do work in Africa, where he lived among the Azande and studied their belief in witchcraft. Later, he worked with the Nuer tribe in the Sudan. His work on witchcraft caused philosophers to ask how rational thinking could be defined; his study of tribal organization intrigued political theorists; his attention to the sophisticated religious sentiments of so-called primitive peoples has strongly influenced theologians. (2000, 52 minutes)
3.) The Common School: 1770-1980 (School: the Story of American Education series)
In the aftermath of the Revolution, a newly independent America confronted one of its most daunting challenges: how to build a united nation out of thirteen disparate colonies. This program profiles the passionate crusade launched by Thomas Jefferson and continued by Noah Webster, Horace Mann, and others to create a common system of tax-supported schools that would mix people of different backgrounds and reinforce the bonds of democracy. A wealth of research illustrates how this noble experiment--the foundation of the young republic--was a radical idea opposed from the start by racial prejudice and fears of taxation. (2000, 55 minutes)
4.) Franz Boas: The Shackles of Tradition (Strangers Abroad series)
Franz Boas was the first distinguished social scientist in the United States to challenge the prevailing concept of racial inferiority. He actively campaigned on behalf of black people in America in the early part of the 20th century. Considered the founding father of American anthropology, Boas taught at Columbia University for fifty years, encouraging his students to follow his example by actually working in the field. Among those who did so was Margaret Mead. (2000, 52 minutes)
5.) Do You Speak American? Up North (Do You Speak American? series)
In this program, Robert MacNeil canvasses the North to learn firsthand about linguistic dialect zones, the tension between prescriptivism and descriptivism, the impact of dialect on grapholect, the northern cities vowel shift, the roots of African-American English, minority dialects and linguistic profiling, biases against nonstandard speech, and the general perception of the U.S. Midland dialect as "normal American." Hip-hop street talk, IM slang, Pittsburghese, and Gullah and Geechee are sampled, and Bill Labov, the dean of American linguists; Jesse Sheidlower, American editor of the august OED; and New York magazine's John Simon are featured. Some language may be offensive. (2005, 60 minutes)
6.) Genocide in the First Half of the 20th Century (Genocide Factor series)
Continues the examination of the history of genocide. (2001, 51 minutes)
7.) The Afar Tribe: A Bride's Story (The Last Warriors series)
This program provides an introduction to the Afar by recording two major life events: the arranged marriage of a most reluctant bride and the initiation of a nervous would-be warrior. Can Fatuma, daughter of the clan chief, steel herself to marry her first cousin Ali, or will she seek escape--perhaps through suicide? And will Mohammed be able to retain his stoic poise during his ritual circumcision? The Afar belief system, a blend of Islam and ancient traditions that underpins these crucial events, is explored. (2000, 54 minutes)
8.) Do You Speak American? Down South (Do You Speak American? series)
This program follows Robert MacNeil down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to Appalachia, Louisiana Cajun country, and the Tex-Mex border to examine Southern dialects and accents and the influences of French and Spanish on American English. Linguist Walt Wolfram, columnist Molly Ivins, pop country singer Cody James, and others talk about regional differences in vernacular, the steady displacement of Southern coastal dialect by inland dialect, the accents of JFK and LBJ, and the Texas border town of El Cenizo, where Spanish is the official language. Recordings of Eudora Welty and Appalachian storyteller Ray Hicks are included, as well as WPA recordings from around 1940. (2005, 60 minutes)
9.) Spinal Nerve Surgery (Surgical Procedures, Part 3 series)
In this program, a two-year-old with cerebral palsy receives spinal nerve surgery that will improve her ability to sit, stand, and crawl. The operation consists of opening the spine, then locating and testing the nerves for response. The procedure, performed on palsy victims and people with traumatic brain injuries, is generally done on children for maximum results. The surgeon performing the operation, Karen Muraszko of the University of Michigan Medical Center, suffers from spina bifida, and is one of fewer than 100 female neurosurgeons in the United States. (1996, 47 minutes)
10.) Bronislaw Malinowski: Off the Veranda (Strangers Abroad series)
Bronislaw Malinowski changed the way that field studies were carried out. He worked on a remote group of Pacific islands--the Trobriands--and lived for long periods among the people he was studying. A brilliant linguist, he quickly learned their language and later published books which brought the islanders to life. The idea that native peoples were primitive savages was altered for good with Malinowski's insight into their mastery of their world. (2000, 52 minutes)
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