There's been a idea that has been promoted to not define
Videoblogging.  That it is too soon, that defining it will lock it
down and constrain it, and so on.  The error is that a model,
definition, thesis is required to test if something is viable.  You
don't discover something by not applying a model to it, but by testing
if a proposed model accurately describes the item in question.

The video projects that are interesting and successful whether the
highly structured Rocket Boom or loosely structured Carp Caviar, have
a understandable structure.  Experimental films have existed since
Edison and others invented the technology of filmmaking.  But it
became a vibrant media once Griffith found and clearly displayed the
60-120 minute, three act model in "Birth of a Nation".  Within that
clear models of genres and forms -- the science fiction, crime (with
subgenre of noire), romance (subgenres of romantic-comedy, etc.),
comedy, etc. sub-models --- resolved into modes of film expression.  

It is a mistake to narrowly define an art form.  To say that
videoblogging is just personal diaries or citizen journalism or
another type of genre expression.  This is like saying film is
adventure.  It may be that adventure (or romantic or crime) films are
the most prevalent genres, but they are not the only genres that can
exist and are interesting.  It is the form of a duration around 90
minutes with three acts that does define the cinematic form.  And it
is a video with blogging capability that may be the correct model that
different genres of videoblogging exist in.  That model may be
incomplete or innacurate, but it should be proposed and tested against
competing models until the correct model is determined.  Saying that
no model should be tested is quite possibly a recipe for floundering
and stagnation.

  -- Enric






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