I’m old enough to be very familiar with the events covered in Killing Kennedy, but I was blown away by the way in which the material was presented. I’ve never experienced such a rich, immersive experience before. Every type of media possible was included in this very comprehensive piece about J.F.K. and Lee Harvey Oswald. The audio was amazing, with great choices of background music to complement the particular content covered. Every type of media imaginable was included to enrich the experience. All the media included were artifacts from the time, either photographs, recording, news clips, or handwritten materials. Their inclusion made the experience so much more authentic.
I’m not sure what tech was involved in creating this, but I’d like to know. My critique is focused more on the presentation than the content. I appreciated the fact that the creators paced the amount of media presented. Some “scenes” were more content heavy, allowing the viewer to explore and discover the facts and media examples embedded on the page. Other frames simply held an image and a quote, allowing the viewer to fully digest the gravity of the text. I also liked the self-paced nature of the presentation. I found that I felt compelled to linger on some frames more than others.
The piece was more comprehensive than just events leading up to the assassination. The time period was reflected, and the events of the period had defining effects on both men. I actually have a better understanding now of the Cuban Missile Crisis than I did. This is such a wonderful way to present history. It really made me feel immersed in the period almost like visiting a really well-done museum exhibition. I’ve always been a Ken Burnes fan, but this takes historical presentations to a new level.
I do have to comment on the juxtaposition of Kennedy and Oswald. The two men were compared and contrasted throughout the whole piece until their destinies became entwined at the end. The use of split screen was very effective in presenting each man side by side. The sad thing is, for every John Kennedy, there’s a thousand Lee Harvey Oswalds.