Notes on Video Blogging

By nature a blog is
<sum> open source
<sum> colla=
borative
<sum> dialog
<sum> accumulative
<sum> contemporary

The `author a=
s diarist' seems to be the proto-language of the
blog. Like the painterly =
photo, or the film as `photoplay', or the TV
as tiny proscenium theatre, b=
logging takes its first steps in the
shoes of a preceding technology. And=
it is a very appropriate
language to start with as blogging shares many c=
ommon traits
with letter writing / diary keeping =96 it is periodic, its i=
s a dialog
and unlike say, a phone conversation, it is author-centric(very=

much 1st person in its content) and it is a cumulative form of
story te=
lling.

Being a diarist in that way doesn't appeal to me, personally. I'm =

more interested in the element of accumulation – a buildup of
content to =
give relevance to the form =96 that meaning establishes
itself over time.
=

Adding video to this form will allow the medium to truly come into
its ow=
n and begin establishing its unique language. So, what
can a video blog do=
or rather, what can I do with a video blog that
I cannot do with other me=
diums? It attracts me because of this
unique combination of traits in a vi=
sual medium. It is irrelevant to
me if its content is edited or `real' or =
`art'. What is most
interesting to me is that it provides a way to tell a=
story that could
eliminate worn-out narrative forms without relying on
`=
postmodern' or ironic or self-aware tricks, most of which are
rapidly beco=
ming traps.

so anyways, I know that you are primarily concerned at present=
,
with the technical issues of making this happen, but I have no
doubt yo=
u will. I am chomping at the bit to enact some of my
ideas and thrilled to=
have a diverse group people experimenting
and analyzing in the same way. =
Yea!
hoping i can get some of my more technically adept friends to
joins=
us soon(and make up for my own ineptness in the area.)