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Yo! Check out Dylan's video blog! Does 11-year old Dylan point us towards the future of video blogs? [via waxy & eyebeam]
posted by gen (28 comments total)

 
NO! NO! NO!

wait. maybe.
posted by jimmy at 4:50 AM on December 23, 2004


Do a lot of 11-year old girls in the US listen to Japanese pop artists like Hitomi and Ayumi Hamasaki and Dir-en-Grey?
posted by gen at 4:51 AM on December 23, 2004


'cause if they do, it might explain this horrible new gwen stefani "harajuku girls" bullsh!t that is almost offensive.
posted by gen at 4:55 AM on December 23, 2004


"i'm not a teeny-bopper"
ouch...
i'm glad i didn't get that obsessively self-consciously hip until at least 8th grade. Poor little kid.
she's not even a teen yet...
posted by es_de_bah at 4:56 AM on December 23, 2004


So is this where the next Spike Lee and Kevin Smith or whoever is going to come from, or is this where the current Spike Lee and Kevin Smith or whoever is going?
posted by tapeguy at 5:10 AM on December 23, 2004


hmmm.
anyone else curious what her parents are like?
posted by andrew cooke at 5:53 AM on December 23, 2004


A) The new Gwen Stefani is awesome. Bubble Pop Electric kills me it's so good.

B) This is really interesting. It'd be nice to see an intro video like this on every blog ever, to give the creator some voice other than the default voice you use in your head when you're reading.

I remember that Warren Ellis posted something like this on Die Puny Humans, but it was just a little clip about itself. I think that these will really blossom when there are video cameras in cell phones that either record to quicktime or can be sent to a website for processing and be immediatly posted to one's weblog without ever having to sit down at a computer.
posted by the theory of revolution at 6:16 AM on December 23, 2004


anyone else curious what her parents are like?

This is her Dad. Seems like he was the guy who edited the video.
posted by tapeguy at 6:19 AM on December 23, 2004


Do a lot of 11-year old girls in the US listen to Japanese pop artists like Hitomi and Ayumi Hamasaki and Dir-en-Grey?

Doubtful, but it's not all that strange for kids to like at least some of the music of their parents. And if those parents' tastes verge on the strange (or, at least, non-mainstream), well, you're probably not going to find a lot of common musical ground to share with the average pop radio-listening kid.

That and Japanese imports are bigger than ever, at the moment, with anime practically being mainstream, Puffy AmiYumi having their own cartoon on U.S. television, and SanRio and Asian toy stores cropping up in every mall across the country.
posted by abiku at 6:19 AM on December 23, 2004


Now I want NEOPETS as a client. She is cool. She is very cool and it is so funny how much of an influencer she is. Anyway, I really love to see how self-confident and shameless she is while still being terribly (almost painfully) self-conscious.
posted by chrisabraham at 6:35 AM on December 23, 2004


Surprised she knew how to pronounce both Hide and (unlike Avril Lavigne) Bowie correctly. Does seem to take after her father.

And if you ever look at one of those random livejournal picture viewers I've noticed a lot of Japanese artists (especially Gackt) popping up. Geography seems to mean less and less in what music people listen to each year. Like L'arc in Ciel played in front 16'000 people this summer in Baltimore.
posted by bobo123 at 6:45 AM on December 23, 2004


It looks like her dad applied to be a "Digital Correspondent" for the new cable network being started by Al Gore called INdTV. The original plan for the network was to produce its programming largely in video blog format (except, at the time, they were using the painful term, "vlogs"). That was abandoned for a more conventional approach when David Neuman, former head of Channel One and DEN took the reins as president of the network.
posted by 4easypayments at 7:02 AM on December 23, 2004


I don't get it.
posted by fungible at 7:20 AM on December 23, 2004


I like her. She's no Ellen Feiss, but then again she's not really trying to be.

And surely that's a good thing.

From the sounds of her politics she'd fit right in on MeFi.
posted by filmgoerjuan at 7:23 AM on December 23, 2004


Welcome to the world, Dylan!

I saw this last week and thought it was wonderful. Dylan is cooler than cool -- she's awake, bright, idiosyncratic, adorable, and very much her own person. Having a great dad must help.

Dylan, if you're reading this, I'm sure it all seems terribly embarrassing and goofy, but you're cool and just hang in there. Make art like your dad does and life won't suck.
posted by digaman at 7:44 AM on December 23, 2004


I wish I could afford the bandwidth to do that.
posted by andendau at 8:18 AM on December 23, 2004


First you have bloggers requesting that you waste 60 seconds of your time reading random poorly written text about topics that are usually interesting only to themselves. Then you have podcasters who request you waste 10 minutes of your time listening to their poorly recorded verbal ramblings with no structure and no good way to scan or summarize or skip the boring parts.

And now we have someone asking us waste 4 minutes of our time watching poorly recorded video of her babbling on about her favourite pop bands? No offense to Dylan, who seems like a really smart and fine young girl, or to her friends who know her and enjoy the video. But is this really where we want personal publishing to go?

I'm going back to posting pictures of my cat on my Mosaic home page.
posted by Nelson at 8:36 AM on December 23, 2004


I don't get it.
posted by mrgrimm at 8:39 AM on December 23, 2004


That gwen stefani video reminded me immensely of a minstrel show.

Embarrassing.
posted by u.n. owen at 8:47 AM on December 23, 2004


I've got an 11 year old daughter named Dylan as well.

Wierd.
posted by Windopaene at 8:48 AM on December 23, 2004


No.
posted by angry modem at 8:49 AM on December 23, 2004


Do a lot of 11-year old girls in the US listen to Japanese pop artists like Hitomi and Ayumi Hamasaki and Dir-en-Grey?

Yeah these symptoms will present simultaneously with like,wearing cat ears and maybe a light goth fixation usually. Standard treatment is just to give it some time and hope that the crushing weight of society will work things out for the best.
posted by idontlikewords at 9:03 AM on December 23, 2004


OK, on reflection I regret part of my earlier comment. Dylan, you're cool, and good on ya for publishing your video. Keep publishing the stuff that is interesting to you; it will serve you well.

My snark has nothing to do with this particular video. It comes from the ambiguity of personal publishing as well as the awkwardness of streaming media.

Personal blogging, journaling, is all about writing what's relevant to you. It's fine to be personal, and petty, and idiosyncratic. Where that stops working is in the moment of publication, of saying "hey you look at me!". Then there's a responsibility to be universal and interesting. In this case, the blogger didn't ask for a public platform; she just posted a video on her personal blog. But when it shows up in MeFi and a bunch of highly visible linkblogs, the question then becomes "is this worth seeing"? I struggly with this regularly on my own blog. I intended it to be purely personal, didn't care who else read it. But every time I get a link or I see my traffic numbers I start thinking more about a general audience. Then I like what I write less. I don't know what to think.

My other snark is I don't like audio and video as a format for blogs. The great thing about text and photo blogging is you can read it quickly. In my feed reader I can scan a blog post every couple of seconds, then focus on the stuff that's interesting. But when someone posts a big 10 minute wodge of audio the only choice is to either listen to the whole thing or skip it. I skip it.
posted by Nelson at 9:14 AM on December 23, 2004


Nelson, try thinking "Cream rises" instead of "Skim milk must be suppressed."
posted by digaman at 9:25 AM on December 23, 2004


Looks like Kids Blogs are here to stay. Yes they do listen to Puffy!
posted by Niahmas at 10:20 AM on December 23, 2004


In this case, the blogger didn't ask for a public platform; she just posted a video on her personal blog. But when it shows up in MeFi and a bunch of highly visible linkblogs, the question then becomes "is this worth seeing"?

I don't think that it's anyone's responsibility to think of possible hypothetical questions that might be raised in the event that a .mov file gets posted to a high-traffic place like Metafilter.

I would bet dollars to donuts that you would get different answers to the question "Is this worth seeing?" if you asked a bunch of 11-year-old sort-of-cool girls, versus asking a bunch of 30ish-year-old dudes. Or late-thirties mothers.

This will appeal to some.

This will not appeal to others.
posted by 23skidoo at 11:26 AM on December 23, 2004


This is not the future of video blogs. It is possibly the now of Creepy Old Men TV. Anyone want to guess how long it takes for a farker to paste her head on the body of a porn star?
posted by krisjohn at 7:44 PM on December 23, 2004


First you have bloggers requesting that you waste 60 seconds of your time reading random poorly written text about topics that are usually interesting only to themselves. Then you have podcasters who request you waste 10 minutes of your time listening to their poorly recorded verbal ramblings with no structure and no good way to scan or summarize or skip the boring parts.

Yes, that's true.

What's podcasting? That sounds like fun.

And now we have someone asking us waste 4 minutes of our time watching poorly recorded video of her babbling on about her favourite pop bands? No offense to Dylan, who seems like a really smart and fine young girl, or to her friends who know her and enjoy the video. But is this really where we want personal publishing to go?

I remember making some cassettes sort of like this when I was a kid. I know some of them were me pretending to be a DJ. I'm glad they weren't broadcast to the world, in retrospect. ... unless I were really famous and then I could sell them ... but if I were a kid now I'm sure I'd be doing this, or really want to. It's horribly narcissistic, though, and it probably would be embarrassing later, as well it should be. For shame. Or not. Maybe she will grow up to be a world champion blogger, unsurpassed in blogging ability and wealthy beyond reason. Or a porn star. Then these video blog entries from days gone by would be the least of her worries. The fates are cruel sometimes. Dylan, don't take your love to town!

Personally, I think personal publishing should go back to the days of typesetting by hand. If that's somehow not possible, then mimeography is acceptible, or cuneiform on stone tablets. No color photocopies, please. Manuscripts will not be returned. No walk-ins.
posted by krinklyfig at 12:21 AM on December 24, 2004


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