Friday, October 14, 2005

AlterNet: 'Vlog' Wild

AlterNet: 'Vlog' Wild:

Last fall, approximately 2.5 million Americans watched Jon Stewart call Tucker Carlson a "dick"; not because CNN's Crossfire had such a large viewing audience (only a half million tuned into the show itself), but because they could access Stewart's uproarious appearance on a slew of videoblogs, or "vlogs."

In the world's other high-profile democratization, the global democratization of media, vlogs appear to be the next stage. Whether by adding amateur video to blogs or by making video the focus, vloggers open windows into worlds, establishing direct lines of communication with content at once compelling and completely unfiltered by mainstream media.

Vlogs enable viewers to glimpse a checkpoint in Israel's West Bank, view services at black churches of the Mississippi Delta in 1968, or watch Jesse Jackson and busloads of Ohioans rally on Capital Hill against the results of the 2004 presidential election.

Then there's the lighter fare: a vlogger's aesthetically pleasing walking tour of a city set to music, or highlights from the U.S. Army's 230th birthday celebration in Cambridge, MA. Vlogs can be raw or edited, synched to soundtracks or featuring a narrator, but by nature, they create far more stimulating narratives than standard forms of print media. And, for the first time, this footage is becoming widely accessible for audiences throughout the world, fostering participatory journalism. (more)

By Zack Pelta-Heller, AlterNet. Posted July 6, 2005.


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