These days, when it seems people are more divided than ever, respect and responsibility toward others matters. Mr. Sammy learned early on that cooperation and tolerance creates a happy life, and that leadership involves showing others the way with your own good behavior via mentoring and motivating.

Responsible social behavior is important in order for life to progress in a cohesive and predictable fashion. The best example of people cooperating is driving on public roads. Only a thin painted line on pavement separates multiple streams of fast moving objects in different directions.

Consequences are integral in keeping a person’s action in line with what society expects. On the road, if we veer from the expected, tragedy can ensue, not only for others but for ourselves. Sometimes the best motivator.

As a photographer and videographer, responsibility and respect for truth becomes an issue. If I want to make a video on a subject, I should discover the facts and present them in an unbiased way. However, I feel it is virtually impossible for humans to be un-biased. How we edit shows bias, in not only what we include, but what we choose to leave out.

Photography presents an interesting dilemma. These days virtually every landscape photographer, or any photographer for that matter, processes their work in Photoshop. The idea, or rationale, is to have an image that is closer to what the photographer’s ‘eye’ saw, rather than the camera. Many times not coming close to reality. Is it photography or digital art? A new art form is born.

In these competitive times, when everyone with a mobile device has access to photographic and video capabilities, audience engagement is critical. It’s like we’ve seen everything in every way possible. It takes only seconds for someone to switch you off because you’ve not captured their attention.

This is an assignment for my Media 145 class, to create a 30 second video about respect and responsibility, Renne Emiko Brock, instructing.

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