Mein Neues Leben in Deutschland

Saturday, February 18, 2006

I'm currently addicted to YouTube. It's a web based depository of videos of just about anything. They have a slogan "Broadcast yourself" In it you'll find anthing from TV captures, to people's home made funny videos, to independent short films.

This is truly the age on new media. The lines between the producers and consumers are blurred. Where anyone, anywhere has the potential to produce a peice of music, a movie, a digital creation and be known across the globe.

This from the book Massive Change:

Advances in technology have indeed given capacity to the consumer. Mc Luhan said the photocopier makes averyone a publisher. Now with digital video editing software, everyone's a filmmaker; with Flash everyone's an animator; and with e-bay, everyone's both a buyer and seller.

Authorship itself has new meaning. No longer does a peice belong to one person. Any new media object can be re-edited, reproduced, and re-distributed (It's a popular practice among media hobbyists to combine elements of film, television, and music from the internet and produce new original music videos and self made videos with copied as well as original music). The same peice is later re-circulated on different sharing networks, the new author long lost, replaced by a poster (as in the one who posted).

Wikipedia broke the monopoly of information previously held by encyclopedia "experts". (On downside, when I go online to research post-modernism, I may unwittingly cite as reference something written by my college freshman cousin)

....unfinished (And judging by the amount of unfinished posts I have so far...might remain unfinished)


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