Editors Note:


EDITOR'S NOTE: Fresh off a three year managerial stint, your friendly neighborhood lenslinger is back on the street and under heavy deadline. As the numbing effects of his self-imposed containment wear off, vexing reflections and pithy epistles are sure to follow...

Friday, August 04, 2006

Hurricane Stew: YouTube


As one who makes TV by day and scribbles on the internet by night, you'd think I'd be a natural born 'vlogger'. But like the dairy farmer who's lactose intolerant, there is but so much video I can stomach. (These days, I'd much rather milk the written word than wrangle more moving images.) That's where my buddy Weaver comes in, a self-admitted footage junkie who'd gladly tattoo TV test patterns to the inside of his eyelids if he could only figure out how. To hear Weave tell it, a revolution is at hand and if we don't start posting things to youtube, we'll be about as cutting edge as that Fleetwood Mac 8-track you can't seem to let go of. So look for the occasional vlog to pop op on Viewfinder BLUES in the coming weeks, provided I can find subject matter that trips my trigger enough to aim and edit on my off time. Until then, enjoy our inaugural youtube clip - that celebrated camera-baptism I've written so much about in the past. Come on, let's get viral...

3 comments:

dr. GONZO said...

Dude! That wave kicked your ass! I had no idea that footage was so dramatic. Thanks for posting it. It was a good watch.

beFrank said...

You guys make it pretty tempting to jump on the vlog bandwagon. You hit the nail on the head in your post. I just don't feel all that compelled to deal with video after work.

in-gun-ear said...

I know this seems off topic, but when I read this entry, I thought of this very passage. I don't know why. I guess it is revelant on some level. When you figure it out, let me know!! :)

To quote my hero, Edward R. Murrow:

"This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box. There is a great and perhaps decisive battle to be fought against ignorance, intolerance and indifference. This weapon of television could be useful."

speech to RTNDA Oct 15, 1958 http://www.rtnda.org/resources/speeches/murrow.shtml

If you haven't read the whole speech, you need to. It is scary how Murrow called the future of TV. Too bad we don't actually do many of the things he suggested to survive.

Remember, he died in 1965.