C-SPAN has announced the winners of its 2011 StudentCam contest, which challenges students from grades 6-12 to create a short documentary focusing on the theme “Washington, DC – Through My Lens.”
Three eighth grade students from Farragut Middle School in Knoxville, Tenn., took home the first place award for their piece “Net Neutrality: The Federal Government’s Role in Our Online Community.” The opening line of narration poses a succinct argument for why the issue of net neutrality is worth understanding: “The Internet: it’s something our generation has grown up with and takes for granted.”
Throughout the video, the trio of Melissa Yu, Katy Becker, and Sara Atkins explores the growing concern that a free and open web — the way we’ve always known it — may not be the way we always will know it. They also do an excellent job of staying balanced. You get the sense that they are pro open web, but you also understand both sides of the debate: whether or not the federal government should be regulating this issue.
This explainer is exemplary, and not just because of the ages of its creators. Kudos to them for tackling the biggest issue facing the future of the web.