On Oct 26, 2005, at 1:39 PM, Pete Prodoehl wrote:
I'm probably foolish to wade in here, but I'll do it tentatively. I'll issue the disclaimer that I know far less about this than a lot of the other people participating in this discussion. I had to google McLuhan.
There is "video" and "television." Television was the first real broadcast video medium available to us (do we want to count Edison's moving pictures?). It requires licenses, towers, lots of staff, advertisers, lawyers and the rest. It is extremely expensive, but it came to dominate the way we talk about video.
To a great extent the content broadcast using television is dictated by the medium. The medium is expensive, so the content must be of a type that can garner a large audience. It has to appeal, generally speaking, to a lowest common denominator.
The same thing was true of text. Books and newspapers were really expensive to publish, pamphlets less so but still expensive. The Web drastically reduced the cost of getting a text message out the door and into people's minds... the blog represents the next step (the ultimate step?) in the cheapening (in a good way, I mean "it's getting less expensive" and not "less good") of textual communication.
As the text blog was to the newspaper, magazine or pamphlet (maybe more appropriately the Xerox'd 'zine) the video blog is and should be to television, FedEx'd VHS tapes and public access television.
So there is clearly a difference between the formats, but in the end it's about one thing: delivering a moving picture to some number of people efficiently. For videoblogs "some number" can be much smaller than for television. Which is fantastic.
I'm ignoring, by the way, the social factors of the different mediums -- they're fascinating, and pertinent, but I've already gone on long enough. Comments, trackbacks, quoting, participatory media, oh my!
Is watching a vlog on a television "watching tv" or "watching a videoblog" or "watching video" or what?
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