A challenge to the #thoughtvectors and #ds106 communities

I have been waiting to reveal the video below for a while. I don’t remember exactly how we got here, but I know it’s the result of working with wonderfully zany and creative people.

Shortly after we knew we would be teaching an open online course about research writing, which naturally includes helping students understand logic and argumentation, an idea came up in conversation. It was something like, “We should do a spoof on the song Do You Want to Build a Snowman? from Disney’s Frozen. It would be called Do You Want to Build a Straw Man?” Before I knew it, Tom Woodward had posted some lyrics in a Google Doc and away we went. Throw in Molly Ransone’s amazing videography and Alana Robinson’s creative spirit and amazing connections to creative and talented people like VCU student Tommy McPhail, and magic like the video below happens.

The lyrics are about straw man arguments, and the video highlights internet culture, where straw men abound. I don’t know if you can appreciate the amount of creative thought and energy that went into the video, but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless.

There are some fun things we can do with this video, from deconstructing the lyrics to identifying the various highlights of internet culture.

For now, though, I’m throwing out a joint challenge to the #thoughtvectors and #ds106 communities. I think it would be awesome and super helpful to the current #thoughtvectors students and all future UNIV200 students (and, really, anyone studying logic and argumentation) to have some fun open educational resources about logical fallacies.

Inspired by the video above, and given that Thou Shalt Not Commit Logical Fallacies, what could you create?

2 thoughts on “A challenge to the #thoughtvectors and #ds106 communities”

  1. Tom says:

    You made this happen and it is good that it happened.

  2. That is quite a lovely, well performed and produced video. I’d guess it was quite an exciting thing to see come together. So yeah, we can ask people to respond. Given that video producing at that level calls for a lot, I might broaden it to other forms of media as a response (a re-edited vintage movie poster, an audio PSA.

    One thing I do like to see more of, and it’s what I always am asking my ds106 students for is more of the back story. Where did the idea come from? What was the inspiration? Tell us more about the process, production? I think of the blog post as being the equivalent of the DVD extras, the behind the scenes, outtakes, production notes, director’s commentary. When you don;t get that on a DVD, all you have is a disc.

    But wow, that is top notch production. Don’t stop at one.

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