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Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog – The Movie

Warning — I give this a PG-13 — been watching it.  It is NOT rated on the hulu blog. NOT something to show students.  And yet, there is a point to be made.

This is a very viral video that a lot of the kids are talking about. (It came out LAST June but now is a hot seller on Amazon.  See Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog (Motion Picture Soundtrack)
 for the sound track or this Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
 for the DVD.)  Neil Patrick Harris wants to join the Evil League of Evil.  It is 42 minutes long.  It is ironic how much of entertainment is becoming viral — television can no longer control what gets watched – it gets “put out there” and then they see what is watched.  In many ways, this viral way of video viewing is very interesting.

Not saying this should be watched — it is quite hot with many college students.  I could see how much that is said would resonate with college kids.

Listen to the vernacular – even though some of you may find this very napolean dynamite-ish.

“I'm just trying to change the world. I don't have time for a grudge match for every poser in a parka.”

It grows on you — stick with it. 

But this is the fascinating thing.  This low budget film was released online ONLY and NOW has made money.

We do not understand this model of making money.  Giving it for free and then hoping for people to buy it.  It is risky but also can have great benefits.  It is fascinating learning about this.

Uhm – do you realize that I embedded a full movie in this blog.  DO WE UNDERSTAND WHAT THIS MEANS?

No, I don't think we understand what it means, but it means something.  Maybe the NetGenEd Students will figure it out, I know I haven't.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Anonymous March 3, 2009 - 12:07 am

Joss Whedon, Director, writer, producer has an enormous cult following from his Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly and Serenity days. This episodic film http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Horrible%27s_Sing-Along_Blog was minimal risk as he is already established and has achieved financial and critical success. Whedon fans have always purchased his DVD sets regardless if the content is for free.
Hopefully, he is forging a path that may work for others who are less successful.

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