Teaching Close Reading and Annotation with Hypothes.is & The Young Turks

John Udell lays out how Hypothes.is could become a big time tool for public citizen empowerment.

Annotating TV news – Hypothesis

I have already suggested to the online news program, The Young Turks (TYT), that they adopt this for their own broadcasts.

Here is how it would work with this  sample YouTube from TYT:

Breitbart Leaks Audio Of Paul Ryan Trashing Trump

Why is Breitbart going after Paul Ryan? Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, and David Sirota, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. http://tytnetwork.com/go “CNN anchor Chris Cuomo said Tuesday morning that newly leaked audio of House Speaker Paul Ryan could damage congressional Republicans’ ability to pass a health care bill “more than anything that’s happened thus far.”

Below are several directions you might take with Hypothes.is

1. Annotate the existing YouTube transcript with Hypothes.is, or
2. Create a Hypothes.is group where viewers could share their annotations (join here) or
3. Use the Digipo Chrome extension to create a unique Hypothes.is tag for that particular YouTube video. I have done this for the video above (digipo:analysis:audiopaul_ryantrashingtrump).

I have tried all three of the methods above.  Number three is the best. It allows you to laser down to one particular text in one particular time.  The other two methods are way easier for new readers to implement.

(Please note that I think that TYT should run their own wiki for this, but that would come further down the line after the idea proved itself.)

I would love for these annotations to expand totheir other YouTube programs (TYT Politics, Aggressive Progressive et al) as well as provide an alternate way for TYT to bring in viewers to their production meetings.  Viewers could serve as a larger gateway for local and regional stories that might otherwise glide under the radar.  How cool it would be if there were affiliate TYT groups that would spin off from the show using the crowdsourced story ideas and annotations generated locally.  A TYT live show anywhere in the country and like TED talks sprouting up like mushrooms, only driven by citizen journalists who are finding what’s newsworthy close by. Too crazy and too strong.

I would love to try this with my incoming first-semester students next fall and explore this further with anyone who wants to use TYT as a platform for citizen journalism.  Any takers?

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