New VLOG address…
: The good news is that Glenn Reynolds linked to my latest VLOG. The bad news is that Glenn Reynolds linked to my latest VLOG and it being video, the bandwidth choked like Trent Lott saying he supports affirmative action.
But I found another place to serve the video (and I’m investigating other sources).
Sony has a neat (if too neat) site called Screenblast that offers 50 megs of free storage and unlimited bandwidth. That is the good news. THe bad news? The site is as difficult to navigate as Trend Lott’s morals.
But here is an address for my video showcase that should work. Go there and click on the MEDIA 2002 link and you will (I hope) get the video to which Glenn so generously links.
I’ve disabled the link to the vlog on my server temporarily; will reactivate it as soon as the server can breath again.
(I repeated this post above)
A new vlog: The year in blogs and media
: I just put up another vlog that combines my view of the year in blogs with Glenn Reynolds’ (below) with the item about old radio (below). I’m still experiimenting to find the right voice for these vlogs and that’s why I’m using material I’ve already put online in print.
Please use this vlog showcase address: www.screenblast.com/buzzmachine. Alternately: I put up both a high-bandwidth version here (on a page that — thanks to my HTMLing son — now includes links mentioned in the VLOG and an embedded media player) and also a pretty cruddy low-bandwidth version here.
: For the script of the vlog, click the “more” linke below.
What a year it has been for blogging.
Thanks to 9-11, this was the year when blogging passed from its founders with their tech interests to a wider world.
> Blogging will forever be part of the media record of 9-11.
> Blogging gained influence in politics this year, most notably in the Trent Lott story.
> And blogging is beginning to influence big media, giving the audience a voice and making big media listen to it.
In his review of the year in blogging, Glenn Reynolds sees a future in what you’re watching right now — call it multimedia blogging, call it vlogging — and in mobile “mob-blogging.”
Says Reynolds: “The term ‘correspondent’ may go back to its original meaning of ‘one who corresponds’ rather than ‘high-paid face with good hair.’ ”
There’s hope for me yet.
: You can gain a lot of perspective on the state of media tomorrow by listening to media yesterday…
thanks to the University of Virginia, which has put up a day’s radio programming from a Washington station on September 21, 1939.
Listen to it and you will hear that the golden age of media was not then — just as the golden age of TV was not its early vaudeville days.
The golden age is now.
> Listen to this radio and on the one hand, you will hear more vivid news writing — because they didn’t have audio and video clips and wowy graphics; old radio has a voice, as bloggers do.
> On the other hand, listen to this radio and you’ll note that just sitting and listening to radio is… well, boring. That is why I never got enthused about audio blogging. That is why I am enthused about video blogging.
> Finally, listen to this old radio and you’ll note that they had short attention spans back then: Most shows were 15-minutes long.
My generation is wrongly accused of decimating the nation’s attention span when the truth is that 30- and 60-minute shows were invented by media companies out of economic efficiency.
I believe that the nature of the Web, the cost of bandwidth, the cost of producing programming — and the competition for our attention spans — will turn that around again and bring shows — on the air or online — back down to a rational, useful length … like this two-minute bit of populist media.
I’m Jeff Jarvis and this is a Buzzmachine.com VLOG