Free Speech on Demand
October 25, 2004 12:55 AM   Subscribe is the future of television. Videoblogging focuses the global scope of TV down to the substantive issues that matter. concentrates on politics, offering several brief, easily downloadable clips a week of voices ranging from Bush to Libertarian candidate Michael Badnarik. (Ann Coulter's riff on "camel-riding nomads" is particularly grotesque.) See for an introduction to this rapidly up-and-coming new medium, and then check out Underground Clips and Demand Media too. They watch TV so you don't have to.
posted by digaman (15 comments total)
The future of television is not Quicktime.
posted by angry modem at 1:08 AM on October 25, 2004

They watch TV so you don't have to.

Now to find someone who'll read Metafilter so I don't have to.
posted by trondant at 1:10 AM on October 25, 2004

Quicktime is a fine means for taking control of content and distribution in the ultimate top-down corporate medium. is the homebrewed site of a student at SUNY Stony Brook. When I was that age, the notion of editing and presenting my own selection of TV coverage of politics to a global audience -- from all sides of the political spectrum, including marginalized voices and soundbites unheard on the major networks -- seemed remote indeed. I think it's great.
posted by digaman at 1:18 AM on October 25, 2004

I'm sure it's great. It's just not the future, is all.
posted by angry modem at 1:20 AM on October 25, 2004

Videoblogging? And here I thought we'd at least keep the blog plague restricted to whiny text. Dammit.
posted by neckro23 at 1:23 AM on October 25, 2004

up-and-coming new medium

golly gee they did not have dem video on the internets till 2003?
posted by Dreamghost at 1:25 AM on October 25, 2004

dreamghost, Al Gore told me he invented that video thingy back in like 1978. Get with the times!
posted by shepd at 1:28 AM on October 25, 2004

Not in the easily archivable and searchable form made possible by the proliferation of blogware like WordPress. Can we get out of the Hair-Splitting Salon for a post or two here?
posted by digaman at 1:28 AM on October 25, 2004

I see nothing but marketing speak for something that has been done before. I mean, we all know bloggers like to toot their own horns and preach their own importance, but this is just a little too obvious.
posted by angry modem at 1:40 AM on October 25, 2004

Well, videoblogging ain't so hot, but: did anyone besides me hear and see Ann Coulter call Native Americans savage nomads who liked to scalp people? I'd like to see her footnotes for that (nod to Franken).
posted by josephtate at 1:43 AM on October 25, 2004

b1tr0t, services like Open Media, run by the folks, are emerging to address those tech issues by hosting the video-bandwidth for vbloggers.
posted by digaman at 1:46 AM on October 25, 2004

Sorry, "ourmedia," not "Open Media."
posted by digaman at 1:47 AM on October 25, 2004

digaman is on to somthing. Obviously, it is not "new" in the sense you have never seen it before (the cynics and "seen it all" types come out of the woodwork and frame the concept so that they don't have to think too hard about it). But it is new in the sense it could very likely become an increasingly popular way to spend ones time.

One of the complaints about TV is the 2 minute maximum on any news story (most are less) which leads to a whole host of problems. Videoblog clips will be under 2 minutes also, but with follow up discussion on-line. The TV networks should be doing this themselves (and may eventually if the idea catches on).
posted by stbalbach at 4:59 AM on October 25, 2004

The future of television is not RealMedia, either. Great idea, typical(ly inept) execution.
posted by squirrel at 9:05 AM on October 25, 2004

For those who are interested in refining the technical aspects of this medium, there's a Yahoo group dedicated to vblogging, and an interesting post on a blog called Momentshowing that's worth checking out.
posted by digaman at 9:47 AM on October 25, 2004

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