A few months or even years ago, there was a Flash or QuickTime presentation about Wikipedia. This presentation showed how one Wikipedia went through an editorial process over several months — I think the article was about the band, METALLICA, but I forget. It sounded like one of the commentators on NPR. The image showed the article, and then flashed between several different versions of the article through its history of editing; meanwhile, the voiceover gave a fairly elaborate description of how Wikipedia worked. Does anyone remember this thing?
If you do, here are my questions, which may be more directed at the technoscenti among you:
1) How would I go about building such a movie or Flash animation, but using a student paper instead of a Wikipedia article?
2) Would there be a way to include “buttons” at the bottom of the screen showing several different editorial stages, e.g., 0: Rough Draft, 1: Spell Check, 2: Parsing Content, 3: Parsing Grammar, 4: Concision, 5: Footnoting and 6: Niceties, so that kids who wanted to review a specific stage of editing could in fact do so?
3) How would I go about learning how to create this sort of animation?
4) Is this something that could be better done by a ‘professional’, keeping in mind that they have as much chance of getting paid as finding Haagen-Daas in Hell? 🙂