Temporary Collection of My Blog Teaching Gunk

I’ve been using blogs in teaching since, I think, 2002. Since 2004 every student in the Media program has a blog which i

Learning Technologies 2005

I’m a ‘featured speaker’ at this year’s Learning Technologies conference in Queensland. I’m goin

Microrama

Microrama is trying a simple experiment using mobile video (video shot on a mobile phone). There are nine proto-episodes that are beginnings, each goes to a new screen with four possible videos, which in turn (I think) lead onto four other possibilities. So each participant has the possibility of contributing a part of the story, with the story, in this case, also only being what these contributions make possible.

The use of mobile video, of itself, doesn’t appear to be directly relevant to the narrative possibilities or the general structure of the project, after all you could shoot on anything for this project and the general intent would be preserved. I haven’t spent enough time though to confirm this, after all the original nine beginning points may specifically embody something relevant to mobile telephony and video in some way. On the other hand if they don’t, then it would be conceivable to think of some way in which they might, though this could be around a meta-thematic rather than a direct narrative arc. For instance something about publicness (which might relate to how mobile phones are part of a contemporary privatisation or personalisation of the public), or surveillance…

Post Video Art

Post Video Art is, as the site says, post video work. Found it via Lossy Video. Is a submission site, details there, also has a nifty collection of festivals and an (outdated) how to encode tutorial.

Vlogs on TV

Got an email from Merissa Simon, an associate producer for a Canadian TV show, who wanted suggestions about how to find videoblogs to stick on a TV series they wanted to do about vlogging. I redirected her to Jay Dedman. I have said I don’t know how many times, if your blog can be published as a book, and nothing has changed, then it wasn’t a blog – publishing in old media breaks blogs. If your videoblog can be published/presented as a TV show, or DVD, or projected on the wall, then it is video. It isn’t a video blog. How can you broadcast network aware video?

How Do I Cite a Video Blog?

This is a question I’m often asked, teaching video blogging and all (actually I’ve only been asked three times, but you’re not to know that). Many years ago now I wrote a bit of a guide about how to cite web pages, the point of which was to primarily help other academics and students get their head around some nomenclature and how to understand the elements of a published page in relation to existing citation standards. So, blogs, well they’re exactly the same.

The key bits of information that any citation system (which of these you need, and where they appear is completely dependent on the style guide of your system, for example MLA will format this in a different way to AGIMO) are:

  • author
  • document title (just like an essay or book chapter has a title)
  • publication title
  • place of publication
  • date of publication
  • and since it is volatile media, date of access

Now in a blog this is usually pretty easy, so the title of the post is the document title, the name of the blog is publication title, url of individual post is place of publication, date of entry is date of publication, and when you viewed it is date of access. What about a video blog, or a podcast?

Same deal, though you have to exercise editorial discrimination. If the video or audio is embedded in a blog post then just treat it as above. If the title of the video work is different to the title of the blog post, then I would cite the blog post as above, and I would also cite the video or audio piece as well, changing the document title to the name of the video or audio file (or cast) but the url, etc, stays the same since this is where it is found.

AnyBiff

Anybiff is a social and activity awareness manager (you can tell it didn’t come from the ‘creatives’ with th

Videoblogging at RMIT

Well, the semester is drawing to a close, so I’ve compiled an OPML file for anyone who wants to subscribe (if only tempo

Flock Browser

The Flock browser is in beta. This is a web browser that integrates with your del.icio.us account (and flickr) and has a light

ITunes Music Store Now Local

Australia finally has an iTunes music store of our own.

Graham Watson’s Video Blog

Graham Watson has a video blog that uses lo bit rate or lo fi material. This is closer to what videoblogging ought to be (yes, I am so over the era of greed aka instant infinite bandwidth -bandwidth access should not be confused with bandwidth pollution). So Graham, working in Canada (greetings to Commonwealth partners) is interested in the aesthetics of loss, which lets face is a damn sight better than the faux familiarity of the usual video blog which is rapidly turning into any other television show. Networks are noisy, the world is noisy. Loss is one manifestation of this noise. Rather than hide from this, or pretend that isn’t there (I guess this could easily slide into some sort of critique of North American hegemony couldn’t it, something along the lines of the ways in which aspirational, individualistic cultures struggle with ‘noise’ in any manifestation) I think the very aesthetic of our work should celebrate noise as the productive expression of difference.

The View From Bed

Today I’m at home stuck in bed, worse than poorly and shortly about to see a doctor. Some sort of viral infection I thin