• he noticed a minor rise of thrill as his train sped through that station. “It’s express from here” murmured a thought smile. This, he decided, was the regal right you were granted when you lived further out.
  • black leather ankle boots. Blue lipped curlicue ink doing its peekaboo thing somewhereabouts an ankle. Oh, white anklets too just there as she rolls with the train. Sunlight strobes through the windows making goosebumps throw baby shadows. Framed by the crisp fall of her black waisted coast.


  • winter thought to remind spring that it wasn’t quite time yet.
  • as humanities academics we mistake abstract ideas as big things that matter more. Stepping away from abstraction and into what is, is surprisingly confusing.
  • in the lecture I was pontificate, colleague, employee, supervisor, teacher, quasi employer all at the same time. I did not make any of these me’s.

Poetics of Networked Video

Abstract for an essay that is underway:

Much writing on online video uses a media and cinema studies tradition that relies upon a tripartite separation of critical theoretical frameworks that considers either audiences, institutions, or the texts themselves. In the specific case of critical writing on online video these three broad models have remained largely untroubled, epistemologically, as they have been used to examine online video. As a consequence much scholarly attention in regard to online video has looked to the ways in which it challenges, disrupts, or reconfirms what has already been said about cinema and TV more broadly.

This is unfortunate, as these traditional approaches risk missing the specificity of digital video including its engagment with the formal properties of the World Wide Web. Networked digital video has a material thickness and obdurate recalcitrance that is neutered when the digital is treated as immaterial and virtual, or merely as an avatar of earlier media.
This essay will develop a series of propositions for a poetics of networked video. It will begin with Deleuze’s concept of the ‘minor’ as something that makes a major language ‘stutter’. Networked video will then be seen as a stuttering media in itself that, in turn, also makes traditional institutional forms of cinema and TV stutter. This stuttering of network video will be literally and figuratively described, much as Latour’s actor–network theory advocates, to critically articulate the things that networked digital video can do.

This descriptive method evades the acculturation of online video to existing theoretical frameworks. It wil not account for what happens through the lens of audiences, institutions or the texts in themselves. Such description allows us to approach digital networked video in the manner advocated by recent scholarship in speculative realism (for instance Ian Bogost’s work) and materialist media studies (Jussi Parikka) and will eschew the correlationist impulse to elevate story and narrative as an explanatory deity.

The terms of a poetics of minor video are that networked video no longer has ownership of the screen, as has been the historical case with film and TV. The screen is now personal, owned and controlled by its user, and subject to local and minor affective action. Hardware, software, and an economy of codecs and protocols aligns to network characteristics of an algorithmic making, while glitch, compression artefacts, interruption and pause are features (and not bugs) of a network specific practice that, as in lo–fi music, offers its own aesthetic autonomy. In relation to TV and cinema’s traditional literal occupation of time, digital video offers new paradigms for cinematic duration and, finally, cinema’s immanent granularity — it’s ability to be cut and rejoined through editing — shifts from a historical subservience to narrative toward other, machinic, associative, poetic, and relational ends.


  • the 6:47pm train is very dark suited and male
  • Jolimont, West Richmond, North Richmond, Collingwood, Victoria Park, Clifton Hill, Westgarth, Dennis, Fairfield, Alphington, Darebin, Ivanhoe, Eaglemont, Heidelberg, Rosanna, Macleod, Watsonia, Greensborough, Montmorency. My train journey is a history of empire and white colonisation.

video blogging, et al.