Microdocs: The Short Attention Span Science Video on Ecological Sustainability

There are two amazing concepts in this sub-title, the short attention span (SAS) and the use of this SAS to show ecological sustainability.

Attention span is the  is the amount of time that a person can concentrate on a task without becoming distracted. This varies a lot from person to person and from children to adults.  It also varies on the type of task you are doing, and if you are enjoying it, or not. I also think technology and the way we use it is changing our attention span.  But in this case 3 to 4 minutes seems to be the right timing, it is like a taster session on ecological sustainability. Of course you can view several microdocs in sequence and do some research on the topics.

But this for me represents a massive difference between the typical 50 minutes documentary series. Remember the Cosmos: A Personal Voyage? According to Wikipedia as of 2009, it was still the most widely watched Public Broadcasting Series in the world, and has since been broadcast in more than 60 countries and seen by over 500 million people. It is still one of my favourite science series. But today, almost anyone with some basic software knowledge, a camera or just the internet can produce microdocs. It is interesting to see the evolution of science outreach and how the communication to non-scientists is evolving with technology.

Click here to watch Microdocs.

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