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NY TIMES: IT GETS BETTER

Vlog Santa is totally in the New York friggin' Times! And they say Minnesota Stories is one of the best vlogs. Obviously everyone decides for themselves what the best vlogs are... but let me just say, I'm having a pretty fucking good day.

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Rocketboom - Rocketboom.com
Mom's Brag Vlog - nealey.blogspot.com
Michael Verdi - MichaelVerdi.com
Minnesota Stories - mnstories.com
Secret Vlog Injection - blogumentary.typepad.com/vlog
Scratch Video - scratchvideo.tv
Karmagrrrl - smashface.com/vlog
(Rocketboom's LA correspondent, Zadi Diaz)
Augenblick - dltq.org/augenblick
(Serbia's first vlogger, Mile Matejic)
Taylor Street Studio - taylorstreetstudio.com
(Portland, OR vlog pioneer, Will Luers)

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Congrats Chuck!!! Isn't this revolution fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rock on.

Posted by: Amanda at Dec 10, 2005 11:33:34 PM

Sweet! Congrats man. The NYT knows talent. And you're it!

Posted by: mopsa at Dec 10, 2005 11:42:55 PM

No wonder my bandwidth is going through the roof.
I love you chuckie.

scotty

Posted by: starfire at Dec 11, 2005 1:06:46 AM

woohoo!

Amanda, of course there would be no NYT article without you and Andrew creating Rocketboom. Here's me pouring an energy drink on the ground, and making some sort of faux-hip-hop gestures in Full Respect.

starfire, oh crap your bandwidth. the Low video. d'oh!
hopefully when the new Vlog Santa goes up it'll take the heat off... smooch.

Posted by: chuck o. at Dec 11, 2005 1:33:37 AM

now that my euphoria is settling (a little) - i have to repost Michael Verdi's dead-on comments on this article:

Well I thought that overall that was a very good article. It has lots
of good thing to say about the videoblogs (like mine :) ) it
references and generally makes videoblogging sound like this new and
exciting thing that's happening - which I certainly think is true.

There is one subtle point that they hit on a number of times in the
article that I think is off base. And the NY Times isn't the only one
to this, it happens in almost every article written in the mainstream
press.
Some quotes from the article:
"What makes Rocketboom so different from most of the other video
blogs, or vlogs, that have popped up in the last year or so is that
the daily episodes are consistently entertaining."

"Many of the world's other vlogs are closer in form to diaries or
home movies - with all the tedium that can imply."

"Most of the vlogs are quite boring"

So here's where I think they miss the point: The value judgement of
"consistently entertaining" or "boring" is holdover from commercial
TV or film where everyone's goal is to be entertaining to as many
people as possible so that they can sell advertising or movie tickets
to recoup the enormous costs of production and distribution. While
this might still hold somehwhat true in the context of talking about
Rocketboom, it's not relevant to the vast majority of videoblogs.
It's personal media. For the most part videoblogs are narrowly
targeted to a small audience who I'm sure finds them consistently
entertaining. They are not necessarily meant to be or try to be
entertaining to a general audience. And because, unlike Rocketboom,
an episode really only costs $20 or more likely $2, they can afford
to be specific in what audience they aim for.

To be clear here, I'm not saying that I personally think that every
videoblog out there is fantastic (my tastes aren't THAT eclectic). It
just doesn't matter whether I think of them at all. What matters is
that they can videoblog for what ever reason they choose to - to keep
in touch with friends, document their lives, whatever. That in and of
itself is a powerful thing. They don't have to be everything to
everyone. The beauty is they can just be what they are and you can
freely pick and choose the ones that seem to be made just for you.
There are already enough people doing it that I have about 80
videoblogs that I personally subscribe to that create more commercial
free content than I have time to watch and that I find more
entertaining and informative than most TV or movies.

I believe that when people learn that an alternative exists where
they can create and share their own media, tell their own stories,
and write the history of their own communities, the face of media
will change forever. I think that blogging, podcasting and
videoblogging could make that a reality in 2006. That's why I
personally think, like the article says at the end, "the revolution
may just be vloggerized."

Verdi

Posted by: chuck o. at Dec 11, 2005 1:39:28 AM

Yep, I was smilin' from ear to ear when I read it in the Times this morning...and also in the NYT magazine! Seems to me, you're in the lead, Chuck!

Posted by: beavela at Dec 11, 2005 12:03:25 PM

yay! what do i win?

Posted by: chuck o. at Dec 11, 2005 1:22:33 PM

Way to go Chuck!

Posted by: tom at Dec 11, 2005 1:31:52 PM

Hey, thanks for the linklove, as if I'm not gettin' enough hits from NYT today! Freakin' awesome day huh? At least you were cited as being one of the best, whereas I am one of the more "mundane".. but isn't "mundane is the new punk" cited in the last NYT article as being the mantra of the vlogophere? And "punk" is a good thing right? Anyway, congrats for the great mention! I enjoy your videoblog :)

Posted by: Erin Nealey at Dec 11, 2005 6:24:44 PM