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May 22, 2008

Fact for the Day

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

More video material has been uploaded to YouTube in the past six months than has ever been aired on all major networks combined.

My source for this is Michael Wesch, a Kansas State University cultural anthropologist. A project that Wesch runs called Digital Ethnography can be explored here.

Who says we aren't living through an astounding period in cultural and media history?



posted by Michael at May 22, 2008


I don't see anything astounding about it. It's a technological achievement, but it adds very little cultural enrichment. Obviously, nobody, let alone me, can sample even a fraction of the user-generated content posted to YouTube, but certain videos become briefly famous through some process of consensual acclaim.

So what have we gotten,so far? LonelyGirl15.

Any technology is only as good as what it facilitates.

Posted by: Peter L. Winkler on May 22, 2008 12:58 PM

Also, very little of the content has been "generated". Most of the content is "captured".

A video camera is present when someone is falling, fighting, farting, fucking, etc.

How many dramatic scenes have been written and displayed on YouTube? I think very few.

Yet writing something with moderate value is not that difficult. But, getting the lighting, location and direction down takes some skill.

However, as HD Video becomes better and cheaper (watch out for the RED camera) I think that we will start to see some "real" content.

Although, I am not sure how mcuh will make it to YouTube. Right now, it seems, that any "real" content gets displayed on that persons website. Not YouTube.

Posted by: Ian Lewis on May 22, 2008 4:01 PM

Sorry but you are dead wrong, deeply wrong, retroactively wrong.

Just because all you yearn for is LonelyGirl doesn't mean its the only thing on YouTube.

Lots of dross? Sure. That's true of the entire internet. But that is also why God created Search.

From lectures to performances to stars to innovative videos of varying length. From archives of long thought lost footage of music, film, art, history.

Debates on the central issues of our day without number.

It's a vast and bottomless resource.

Use the search function.

You'll see.

Posted by: vanderleun on May 22, 2008 7:55 PM

I don't yearn for LonelyGirl15. It was meant to be a negative example.

Posted by: Peter L. Winkler on May 22, 2008 8:57 PM

Whew! your head handed to you there. :-))))

Posted by: Charlton Griffin on May 23, 2008 11:48 AM

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