--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, ryanne hodson <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > cameras follow tony blair around for a day. > this is something i always dreamed of > being able to really see what our leaders do all day.
We have to approach this with a (very) critical eye, however. To what extent *does* this video allow us to "really see what our leaders do all day"? What does it include and, much more importantly, what does it leave out? That the video was compiled from ten days of footage, not one, is perhaps telling. What's more, perhaps an 'ordinary' day in the life of a Prime Minister--especially Blair--isn't what's important. This is one instance where the quotidian focus of videoblogging hides more than it reveals. I want to know about the extraordinary days--the days when Bush calls, terrorists attack, torture gets approved, death tolls come in. That the major mode of address in the video is an interview in which Blair discusses his duties in the first-person is also important. Again, in this instance, I think it hides more than it reveals (though it could also reveal by hiding, and kind of does; that the war isn't mentioned merely draws attention to the fact that the war isn't mentioned). Like any personal videoblogger, Blair is free to mediate the way he comes across--he performs, creates an image or idea of himself and his job that he'd want the viewers of the video to accept. I want to see the videoblog of someone on Blair's periphery is what I want to see. Someone who shoots him (with a camera, of course!) when he's unaware that he's being shot (unlikely, but I can dream), who shoots him when he okays the use of white phosphorous in Iraq. I want D. A. Pennebaker to go to 10 Downing Street is what I want. I want fly-on-the-wall video of our politicians, not officially sanctioned stuff. Because first-person videoblogs (and I consider this to be in the first-person, despite its third-person footage, its major mode of address being Blair's voice discussing himself) has its limitations. This sort of video is one of them. Why should we believe the reality of Blair's video? What does it really say about his day? I would wager very little. This question is actually something we should be asking about all videoblogs, of course, not just about Blair's video. As so many of Richard BF's videos prove (to those of us who know that the character of Richard BF is a rich, messy mix of reality and fiction), we take a lot on faith in this community. I suspect that Blair is capitalising on those connections we still tend make between amateur or home video and unmediated reality. I say a day in the life on Tony Blair would have a lot more--a lot more that he doesn't want us to see--going on. Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/videoblogging/ <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/