Box ‘o’ Vlogs!

As you may have guessed from the title it’s another round of surprise entries. Only this time it is all about the vlogosphere.

The first article I want to discuss a little was written by Charles Isherwood for the International Herald Tribune and deals with how he discovered that the “you” in YouTube included him as well. I think it reflects pretty good the sheer vastness of what is possible and already offers through the vlogosphere. In his example he mainly refers to how he thought that it was only media-obsessed kids and adults who are only searching for a quick fix of daily humour. However, he discovered that there is far more to the whole vlog business than he had thought. For him it is the discovery of high culture in something he deemed conscious or subconscious as low culture. He seems to forget that the vlog in itself happens to create its own sphere of high culture, and rightfully so. After all the first vlog was no poop-joke but a mere hello to the rest of the world. It goes for show that Mister Isherwood is surprised by the high culture content of websites like YouTube that a lot of people seem to not have heard/seen this first greeting of a new media platform. The second half of his article feels like it is directed at others that are hesitant to enter this, as he calls it, “rabbit hole” since he promotes the horizon broadening experiences you can have due to the interconnectiveness of the various vlogs that are floating around the interweb. He ends his elaboration by explaining how you get carried away on your journey from one vlog to another due to (usually) curiosity and that this is not a bad thing at all. For me this whole article reeks a little too much of overgeneralization in order to enjoy reading it, but I guess that is in large parts due to the fact that I have spent far too much time on the internet for my own good and am therefore quite used to the medium in general. On the other hand I definitely see a need to introduce those that have been left out of the internet community so far and are curious to join. However this should be done properly and step by step from someone who is already a part of the community or else I fear more mishaps like those of Germany’s chancellor Merkel who’s attempt to address the ‘blogosphere’ backfired horribly in part because she tried too hard and also because her advisors seem to have no clue themselves. The same can be observed with Sony’s recent publicity stunt in which they tried to advertise their PSP through a fake user-created vlog entry on YouTube, ultimately earning them a face off with the FTC.

I guess what I am trying to say is this DO NOT force your way into a community especially not following the advice of people that are not part of it either. If you want to be accepted you have to bring along a little patience or you will be forever cast out ( sounds a little harsh, but hey that’s life :D).

Anyways I hope this entry was a little bit helpful or at least gave you some own ideas and see you next week with a special on how to use a digital camera (or something like that)


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