Friday, May 12, 2006

The Brouhaha

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People are posting their thoughts regarding the recent dustup on the Videoblogging group. I decided to weigh in with my thoughts, such as they are.


missbhavens said...

I can assure you of one thing: it ain't the quality of your videos or the type of camera you use or the speed at which vlogging has evolved (or devolved) or the technical wizardy of the other members of the yahoo group that's the problem. It's not the videoblogging community that is making you feel's the Yahoo Videoblogging Group that's making you feel unwelcomed. I feel unwelcome there pretty much all the time, I actually DO tend to delete the 600 emails a day, not because I don't understand the tech stuff (although I don't) but because I don't understand the members. The seems non-productive 75% of the time, and not the least bit about communication. I've tuned out of the list several times since I joined--I find it too frustrating. When I do post a response, it's usually to post about the whacky threads and rarely about videoblogging itself. I think there are a lot of things at fault, there. The structure of the message list, the lack of categories--I mean really, why are we using the same space to discuss "what's a good camera suggestion" and "what are the most pedantic deep theories on videoblogging and what we should be calling it" and "show vs. personal" and "hey, how come this code string didn't work?". Oy, all the thread tangents, the repeat questions that people get bored answering, and I hate to say it: some of the people themselves make me nuts!

It takes a certain type of personality to videoblog. Yes, we are all vastly different people, but still--there's a certain type of person who is going to film themselves and their surroundings and post it to the public. There are some of the strongest, most passionate, hardheaded, reactionary and tempermental people I've ever (not exactly) met in this group! In theory, that should be a good thing. All those creative juices running at once. But in reality, as anyone could glean from reading through that insane golf hostess/sexism thread, sometimes it's a train wreck. I couldn't look away. I can't believe it's still going strong! I'm probably going to post a video, too.

Bev, I know it's corny and I know you've heard it from others before, but you are tops in MY videoblogging community. Just tops.

(I just can't give you any camera guidance, though, because I don't know much about them!)

jonjon barros said...

Hi there..I've watched your video just now and it's so sad to hear your words about the recent incident.

I do believe that someone is watching all our video stuffs..and the beauty of it all..when were not here anymore in this world..people will still be able to see what we've done in our lives.




bottomunion said...

I've found, at least for me, that the list is largely a waste of time. There are occasional good threads, but it ends up being a lot of drama that really gets nothing accomplished. Keep on making the video, putting the work behind you. Make it as good as you can make it with what you have (tool and skill wise), continue playing the game, keep saying everything you need, want to say, and try not to think about an audience. This works for me.