I’ve said this before, but Slate V‘s new weekly science news show is making me say it again: screencasting is online video’s new bicycle. The genre’s inherent to the web and one of the most innovative, interesting ways to tell a story or convey information. When the computer screen is your canvas, you can do virtually (pun intended!) anything.
Small Mammal principals John Pavlus and Christopher Mims (and on-screen talent Christie Nicholson) formerly produced shows for Scientific American, but have found a new partner for their excellent, screencast, science roundup. What was once The Monitor is now Slate’s Grand Unified Weekly, “a Batman Begins-esque reboot of the core concept…basically the same idea, just better.”
That “idea” is a “series that harvests the wheat grass of news from the lab and distills into a power-boost shot directly to your desktop.” Check out the premiere episode below:
The initial reaction from Slate readers has been very positive (“Like Best Week Ever, but for smart people!”). Not that there’s anything wrong with BWE, but I agree. I love this show.
There’s something intriguing about watching the screencast and seeing all the moving parts. All the minimizing, maximizing, and well-timed placement of windows around the screen. It’s like looking at clear watch where you can see all the movements, balance, and escapements in action.