On my way back from my Christmas holiday in Amsterdam, I was looking through the shows available on the inflight entertainment system and found a show called How It’s Made. The show’s premise is obvious, it goes through how various products. Below is a clip for how a compass is constructed. I actually think it would be neat if every product purchased could be linked to this type of video. I doubt it would be difficult for the PR department of most businesses to produce these short videos. These videos really provide a broad description of the provenance of the particular product in question and are very accessible to most consumers.
I discussed the idea of using quick videos to describe provenance in a previous post that focused on using them for science. The key is to connect specific instances of a product to the video that describes, in general, how products of the particular type are constructed.