Friday, August 19, 2005

Beware: Meta-Vlog Post

Unless you are a videoblogging geek, you will probably not get too much out of my rant. Or maybe you will, who knows what passes for entertaining content these days...

This video is waaaay too long, so I compressed the be-jeesus out of it.  This one is not about the pretty picture anyway.  If I strike a cord with you after watching it, please feel free to comment and call me on my B.S.


Blogger Hilton T. Blackwell said...

Right On! Now I like this content, Man!

6:02 PM  
Blogger art & thought mechanic said...

man 4sure.
I hear ya man & feel that at the brink of it all
we ARE all just coming from different perspectives/points of view/various experiances/realizations& understandings and no matter what, "what" at least we are "getting through IT(life) the way we know and Getting to know "HOW."

i'm just out here interested, curious & astonished by the visual/audio communication~

I'm a visual beast

1:32 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

Schlomo...were you in my head? I'm many types of geek, so I guess I can add "videoblogging geek" to the list as well cause I'm totally picking up what you're putting down. As someone who is still relatively new to vlogging, like three months I guess, I always feel like I am being pulled in a thousand different directions by the vlog powers-that-be instead of just being allowed to create. I don't know if my "content" is good. Hell, I don't even know if it is tolerable. But I do know that you are the man. Thanks for saying all of this.

Also, I got busted by someone talking to the camera the other day. She gave me the weirdest look. I should have turned it on her, and asked her what she was thinking.

6:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

awesome, schlomo. you're so freakin correct, everyone is finding their voice, there's no need for pressure and conformity to a content standard. i mean like wtf, isn't it about each individual's own approach that makes vlogging so cool? btw, nice touch with the saul williams.

8:27 AM  
Blogger Faux Press said...

Hugs, Schlomo.

Big, fuzzy, funny, all-encompassing hugs.


You're right. And those who contemplate content are right too. Contemplation doesn't necessarily mean indictment (unless you allow it to mean so).

You're cute when you're sassy.

8:33 AM  
Blogger Mortaine said...

Awesome rant, Schlomo. So glad you took a stand.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Verdi said...

I don't understand. I was the one talking about helping people make beter (obviously a subjective term) video and I agree with everything you just said. Am I missing something?

That song at the end kicked ass by the way.

9:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's all Good!

4:12 PM  
Blogger R said...

Schlomo, that rocked. Let's mosh.

I think we have a nice built-in system of content approval with the way people simply subscribe to the feeds they like, tag, bookmark and comment on. Don't change a thing.

Tim mentioned "Vlogging-powers-that-be" - Uh-oh, who be that?

8:07 PM  
Blogger schlomo rabinowitz said...

You are the vlogging-power-that-be, Renegade!!! You are!!

Michael, the rant was not really made about you, though you are one of the people who do keep bringing up content. Here's a question: is it more important to create better content, or be more aware of the tools that help us connect? In other words, should I try to be more aware of creating and acknowledging an audience or should I focus on using the tools of our trade to Genuinely Connect to a couple people.

Are they mutually exclusive? Can I actually feel that I can get both?

Right now, we are on that steady slope towards self-centered blog-type stuff. Hell, I often feel that my videoblog is just narcassistic crap (which it probably is, but I'm a hit in Peoria!) and should dive under the table and leave this to the less critical.

Once again, I ramble. And, once again, we are all pretty much just saying the same thing. Maybe I should leave the monthly meta-vlog to the pros, because I'm not sure if they help anyone. Including me!

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very interesting post! The post and the comments here, as well as the debate on Raymond's vlog, once again reminded me how different our approach in the bitlab malmo-project is from most videoblogs.

Many videoblogs and posts are valuable due to the very personal approach by the vloggers. The importance of the fact that vloggers are representing and expressing themselves is underlined by the habit of naming the videoblog with the vloggers' real name. Thus, it is supposed that the content of the videoblogger should somehow be understood as authentic or at least sincere.

The bitlab-project started with the idea of producing content, which could be personal and authentic, but not underlined as such, as it would be presented as being a mere component of the "duck pound" and not as an "authentic statement" by a specific vlogger/ bitlab member.

The conversation of many videobloggers go beyond the video posts/comments in yahoo-group debates, video conferences and IRL-meetings. The very concept of bitlab malmo has kept us out from mainstream videoblogging conversation. This leads perhaps to the conclusion that a collective approach to videoblogging is crippling one's ability to take part of the wider conversation which goes beyond the videoposts and comments.

3:19 PM  
Blogger Nurse2B said...

I love this rant. Maybe we do have to worry about "content" at some point. It just seems so reminiscent of the gatekeeper way of life where somebody gets to decide what's good enough for public consumption. The whole point of videoblogging seems to me that the flexibility and ease of the medium allows everybody a voice, an avenue of ceative expression. "Content" is a marketing term. Something packaged. To sell. Like any artform, we all watch each other and get inspired to do better, and more. Content will evolve naturally as we learn. The Yang of videoblogging inspires the tao of videoblogging and so forth...

2:56 AM  
Blogger Graham Walker said...

Great content (we will know it when we see it) will inspire more great content.

More shooting and editing, less navel gazing.

To me that is the path to vlogging salvation.

12:38 PM  
Blogger schlomo rabinowitz said...

I am always down with less navel-gazing, though I don't always follow my own advice.

And more videos of cats-- that will save the Videoblogosphere.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Randolfe Wicker said...

There is a lot of navel gazing in vlogging. Usually, it isn't that interesting. However, sometimes it can be almost transendent.

I love people with passionate opinions. You obviously fit that category.

Just don't take these debates about voice, navels and content too seriously.

I am noticing a huge difference in the time it takes for different vlogs to load.

Yours loaded very quickly. What's your secret?

2:47 PM  
Blogger schlomo rabinowitz said...

Randolfe, I don't think I have any big secret.

This video was compressed much more than my others because of the length. I cut the frame rate almost in half, as well as the bitrate, and put my quality level to Low.

So it may be choppy looking compared to my others, at least it is still, this one wasn't about the pretty video so it didn't matter that much to me.

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh my god, you are SO my new hero after watching this. THANK YOU. I have just started bloggin and am FOREVER going "shit what am i doing wrong, how can i improve, how can i get this to LOOK good"
and you're right. by doing it. again and again. I would love to join your army, you are certianly joining mine..

12:50 PM  
Blogger Mike Sugarbaker said...

Fuckin hell yeah right damn on!! ROCK

If "more informed vloggers" means vloggers that know the content debate has been had already, by good old fashioned bloggers, close to TEN YEARS AGO and it didn't matter much that time either, then you're spot on. The more people making stuff, the more good stuff there will be, although the percentage of quality-to-crap is pretty much constant.

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thlomo, I like jor holithtic view of de content debelopment protheth.

6:45 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

first of all you're sort of cute when you're angry :) (sorry, couldn't resist) ... second, of course ,you are right ... what do we need to do? where are we going ? ... who knows ... it's good (to me) now, that's why I'm watching and making and who knows ...

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo, Schlomo---Here's my take on the content thing. Word.

11:05 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

you are perfectly right and I don't have the answer you are searching for but... keep going ahed and I think we will all find

4:42 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Content?? Is my content good or bad?? You know what? I don't really care. I'm just being me and showing my life and if people don't like it.. they don't have to watch, do they? :) You said it right Schlomo. Thanks for your rant!

12:06 PM  
Blogger Lukas Blakk said...

thanks schlomo - i too, worry if my "content" is interesting enough to get other people interested in me and my little corner of the world. but on the other hand to paraphrase from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind..."i'm just a fucked up kid trying to find my own piece of mind".

you rock.

6:33 PM  
Blogger Lukas Blakk said...

ok, and also - thanks for introducing me to that AWESOME song!

6:36 PM  
Blogger escorial said...

Thanks man, I checked your blog, awesome.I myself am trying to figure out my voice, and the content, and what people are going to like... and then everything gets fucked up and I start getting too overanxious about what I am supposed to do and what people are going to like, and what will make people to come back, and get stuck and stop enjoyimg the all vlog and feel like not doing another one anymore... but again I go back to whatever shit comes up to my mind and make a video, and post it, and watch it and send it to my wife (probably the only one who visits my vlog)... and I feel better.



1:36 PM  

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