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The apple fell and landed on a “big fat gay collab”

I am following , a very interesting blog developed by a Kansas State University working group led by Dr. Michael Wesch. Their blog is “dedicated to exploring and extending the possibilities of digital ethnography.”
My first response post must be dedicated to their most recent blog post. The post features two videos – the first an old Apple advertisement about the Internet and what possibilities it would bring (at a time when very few were actually on the Internet).  The ad posed a question, “What would you do?” if you had the Internet, and many comments spilling all over YouTube were disgusting and hateful towards many groups.
Wesch continues his post speaking about the considerable amount of GLBT hatred on YouTube and other social sites. He ends his post with an inspiring video flying around YouTube at lightning speed. It is called The Big Fat Gay Collab! and it did make me emotional. For one, I love the song – Lily Allan rocks. And two, it’s just so true – real people being true to themselves and saying Fuck You to all the haters that are too small minded to think outside of their own lives. Personally, I think this is a brilliant video, and an opportunity to eff up the saying ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all’. I assume the people who participated in this video feel that they have been burned enough times by people who also ignore the ‘nice rule’ that a backlash was necessary. And I can’t disagree.
This blog has many other great posts. I hope you all find it as interesting as I do. Stay tuned for what I expect to be more posts that push some boundaries. P.S. Prof. Wesch uses a lot of embedded YouTube videos in his blog. I like it.
Kim Bottomley
May 14, 2009

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iTube, WeTube, we all scream for YouTube

Digital Ethnography @ Kansas State University has yet to update their blog, so I went back in time, to my birth month and found another YouTube related blog post from one of Prof. Wesch’s students, Becky.

Becky posted a blog titled “The Internet has a Face”. The blog post discussed her interest in vlogging as “meaningful interaction (with others) beyond the limits of text”. She produced a video compiled of some vlog videos that were posted to YouTube. She says her video was “created to explore the content and purpose of vlogs, as well as the networking and interconnectivity as users respond and reach out to each other within and beyond the YouTube website.”

Once upon a time people wrote in a diary, kept a journal, wrote a letter or phoned a friend. Today people are text messaging, video calling, blogging, tweeting , poking, writing on walls, nudging and emoticoning.

 Oh, and vlogging.

People are vlogging about very personal and private things and posting it to the Internet for the world to see. This at first might seem odd, but it’s working for them.

In class we regularly discuss the pros and cons of social media vs. face to face communication; a very worthy discussion. Becky takes our conversation a bit further; beyond the boardroom and rows of cubicles we will all eventually come to despise and focuses on the “YouTubers” themselves. She argues that the Internet is “no longer just text to text, the Internet has a face. The Internet has a heart. The internet has humanity. …with YouTube.”

The video is actually quite moving. I think that YouTube allows people to connect more than any other social media tool. It allows people to be real and express whatever it is they want, whether it’s humility, honesty, humor, compassion or love. And people are connecting. People are just being themselves, telling a story and other people are coming to support them and share with them. It’s actually quite powerful.

Becky says “if there was a fear that the internet was making society antisocial, vlogging would seek to prove otherwise.”

And I think she’s right.

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All About Video

I love video sites. I can spend hours on YouTube linking from video to video, enjoying everything from movie previews to instructional cooking blurbs. Needless to say, I was quite happy to learn that I would be reviewing online video tools as a form of social media. I explored the following five video sites:

 1. YouTubeYouTube

YouTube is, as far as I’m concerned, the holy grail of online video. Their slogan, “Broadcast Yourself” has spawned a whole new generation of video bloggers, actors and musicians looking to share their opinions and talents with the world. Many YouTubers have gained marginal celebrity status through broadcasting themselves. Aspiring comedic actress Lisa Donovan (LisaNova) became an online sensation through airing her satirist routines on the site. Folk singer Marie Digby (mariedigby) made a name for herself when she posted a video of her acoustic rendition of Rhihanna’s Umbrella. The site has opened up a world of possibilities to rising stars and attention-seekers alike. We no longer need millions of dollars and traditional media tools to get our voices “out there”. All that’s required is a camera and a computer.

 2. VimeoVimeo

Vimeo, unlike YouTube is dedicated solely to home-made videos. The site regards amateur video-making as a form of art, and allows users to post and share their masterpieces within a community of like-minded artists. Some entries explore photo composition techniques (check out 5D Macro II) while others feature complex animation and editing (check out Secta Chameleon.) Fellow artists can comment on one another’s entries and offer critiques and advice. The site is all about creativity and freedom of expression. Event the design and layout give the site an overall artsy look and feel.

 3. DailyMotionDailyMotion

Based in Paris, France, DailyMotion is quite similar to YouTube. The site features user-uploaded videos in a variety of categories including News, Funny, Science and even Sexy. In the sexy category, we can sense the liberal European influence, in contrast to the more subdued content on YouTube. Users can browse through thousands of swimsuit (check out Sports Illustrated’s Bar Rafaelli) models and even some explicit content. My how times have changed.

 4. ViddlerViddler

Viddler is another YouTube-esque video sharing site. (Pardon me if I’m a bit biased in using YouTube as my chief point of reference.) One viddler feature that struck me as interesting was the B2B or Viddler Business Services corner of the website. This section caters specifically to corporate users looking to employ new online video media to enhance their business endeavours. The section features a frequently updated Customer Spotlight where businesses are profiled and promoted. The B2B section, of course is not a free tool. Businesses must pay for the B2B services which include high-quality video hosting, security measures and in-stream ads.

 5. features a variety of user-created content in a series of what seem to be online TV programs. Users publish “episodes” of their homemade “shows” that are made accessible to the online world. Just like TV at home, viewers can choose from drama, comedy, sitcom and even reality-based shows. (Check out episode 17 of Temp Life.) Even the financial side of things works a lot like TV. The site offers an advertising program where users share 50% of revenue, as determined by show viewership. Talk about making the internet work for you!

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