thoughts

hi all

I've just responded to/in an email interview with a postgraduate
s=
tudent at Melbourne University. Thought the questions and my answers
might=
be of interest here. Apologies if they're not!

On 17/09/2004, at 12:16 P=
M, paceja@… wrote:

> Sorry to hear your hard drive crashed =
=96 no problem on the other mail.
> I'm going to try and do something with=
short content outside the
> academy anyway. i just registered movies.com.=
au – couldn't believe it
> was there!

You're kidding, I would have though=
t something like that would've gone
long ago.

>
> Thanks for agreeing to =
an interview. I'll keep it brief.
>
> Here goes:
>
> Can you take us into t=
he future of content delivery as you imagine it?
> How do you see short au=
diovisual content being delivered in five
> years? What kind of configurat=
ion do you imagine that delivery system
> having?

In five years time ther=
e will be several models for distribution of
audiovisual content online, a=
s there will be several 'genres' of such
work. The first will be the distr=
ibution of existing content repurposed
for Internet delivery. This include=
s feature films, television content
(including news and current affair), l=
ive sporting events, and so on.
The delivery model will rely on Digital Ri=
ghts Management tools, should
use accepted standards (so the determination=
of what you watch or use
will be about content and use and not platform o=
r format), and will be
either delivery via broadband, or a distributed pee=
r to peer broadband
system.

There will be small scale independent video p=
roduction, largely
following the model of blogs. This will be distributed,=
grassroots
journalism, art, and personal storytelling that will be emerge=
nt and
ranging from the bad, through the mediocre, to the brilliant. This =
work
will be distributed via personal web sites as well as dedicated,
ser=
vice orientated video sites. The methods of distribution will
include smal=
l scale peer to peer networking as well as individual
delivery on a demand=
basis. Syndication in concert with metadata will
be crucial so that peopl=
e will use aggregators, dedicated clients, and
distributed services to pub=
lish, find, and use this material. Imagine a
combination of Movable Type a=
nd Flickr, but for audiovisual content.
>
> Is online delivery the future o=
f short film distribution beyond the
> film festival circuit?

Absolutely.=

>
> On your vog you mention that it is not television =96 what is it?

Vog=
s are an emerging video genre that, like blogs, are network
appropriate. T=
his means that the content model recognises that
authoring and delivery wi=
ll be on personal computers, via the Internet.
Hence work will be small, i=
ntimate, polyvocal, and network sensitive.
It will recognise that bandwidt=
h, screen space, and time are all
significant constraints. It is a praxis =
that treats video as words,
where words simple to produce, edit, and publi=
sh. It will treat video
as words in hypertext so that video will easily li=
nk to other video,
and will include features like trackback, comments, and=
annotations.

Unlike television they will be easily produced and distribut=
ed, and
communities of interest will form around different genres and cont=
ents.
Unlike television the majority of content will be published and
dis=
tributed under creative commons licences or similar and so will be
able to=
be quoted, sampled, appropriated and played with. There will be
serious w=
ork, people will document joy, grief, love and anger. They
will protest, r=
ecord, interrogate and reveal. Amongst all this we will
invent new ways to=
express knowledge and our lives as open events.
Play, as one of the more =
serious activities we undertake, will be an
important overarching muse.

>=
Do you imagine vogs producing new kinds of content? What kinds of
> conte=
nt?

There will be new kinds of content, but what kind is difficult to know=
.
They will be a combination of the snap shot and home movie, and they
wi=
ll also need the sophistication that the public sphere and existing
within=
networks of relations produces and requires. There will be
personal narra=
tives, academic narratives, micro documentaries, citizen
journalism, video=
poetry, video letters, collages and experiments.
There will be a lot of m=
ediocrity, and excellence.

>
> Of course, these questions are just a guide=
=96 please feel free to
> interpret them as you like, or respond with wha=
t you think is
> interesting.

Key points: different copyright regime, dis=
tributed production and
consumption, network intelligence, multiple.

>

c=
heers
Adrian Miles

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http://hypertext.rmit.edu.au/vog/=
vlog/