I’ve always wondered what would become of our classic literature in a couple of years. Soon we won’t be needing paperback books for literary education and leisure. All of our stories, poetries and historical texts will be read and studied online and through netbooks, laptops, smartphones and tablets. With the combination of online media and literature I see new possibilities of how multimedia and the classics can come together to inspire new explorations into the arts. One example of this combination is the El Quixote video project being done on YouTube.
The Royal Spanish Academy, Association of Spanish Language Academies and YouTube are all in video collaboration of a global reading of the classic Spanish literary masterpiece, Don Quixote, with the participation of Spanish speakers from around the world.The purpose of this innovative project is to encourage and promote the use of Spanish on YouTube, with the inspiration to provide educational content, culture, interactvity and to achieve an international presence. Users who wish to take part in thsi onliine collaborative experience should go to the page and click on the button “participate.” At that time a fragment will be assigned and you’ll have 6 hours to prepare a video with their reading and upload it to YouTube. If after this time had not hung the recording, the text will be awarded to another user.
When I saw some of the chapters being read by Spanish readers I thought about the multimedia concept of transmedia storytelling. Transmedia storytelling is basically an approach to story delivery that assembles fragmented audiences by adapting productions to new modes of presentation and social integration accessible on the Internet and for this project YouTube is the social media mode utilized.
I do see this as a start of a new method of educating a new generation of students that are more tech savvy. It allows them to collaborate with one other all over the world and encourage them to be immersed in classical literature and the arts such as reciting Shakespeare’s plays and critiquing various works of art.
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