When did prams lose their fourth wheel and feel the need to become All Terrain Vehicles? I can only assume that this happened

Personalize Media

Gary Hayes’ blog, looks good. Will browse manually for a bit then decide if it joins the RSS belching machine.

Video in a Blog

Readers regularly pass through here since I’m supposed to know quite a bit about videoblogging. You probably wouldn’t know it lately, been no video posts and no commentary, theory, or any other words ending in ‘y’ about video blogging. I guess this is partly because I’ve been writing for a few years here, and I figure I’ve said it. But its a blog, its conversational, and like most conversations it isn’t really about what you said two years ago. So, I’ve placed the vogma manifesto back in the side bar (first written in December 2000, some other notes about it here). And I’ll repeat, again. Sticking some video into a web page is video on the web. People been doing it since the mid 90s. Sticking some video into a blog page is a blog with some video. A blog video, or blogged video, if you like. It still is not a video blog.

What’s the difference? I have several answers to that. Today, let’s just look at one. RSS and casting. RSS is impressive. It lets people and machines subscribe to feeds and to then do something with those feeds, whether that be aggregate them to read, manipulate, redistribute, or whatever. The Royal Smooth Serialisation of information as flow. With the addition of enclosures RSS is now a delivery mechanism for sound and video – voilá pod and video casting. This is not blogging. This is not video blogging. It is a distribution mechanism. In the same way that blogging is not just, only (or perhaps really) a way of distributing what I write.

Blogging is about links and connections. It developed as a way to note, annotate, document and describe what you found online, a sort of more sophisticated and shared bookmarking system, combined with diary and process. This picked up a pile of diary like qualities, but each weblog was not an island. Each linked out, and once a critical mass (tipping point, threshold, bifurcation point) was achieved linked into, through and across each other. Through blogrolls, links, trackback, comments. Through checking referrer stats, reading other blogs, finding connections and making these connections literal through our linking. That is blogging. This is as important as what you may or may not blog about. Blogging is network based, it is writing in the network rather than on it (the old model of the homepage).

Video via RSS enclosures. What of the above is retained? I distribute my video. You view it on your iPod. Network? Gone (except as a FedEx like delivery agent). Links? Usually not used or present, and anyway if you go to a iPod then links won’t work anyway. Each podcast is an island, this is the opposite of a blog. It is community TV that is mutating into personal TV that has shifted to the net. Which is great, as long as we recognise that is what it is. Yes, anyone (in the first world with sufficient time and income) can do this, but we’ve always had home movies. So that’s not the difference. However now we can publish and distribute to the world. That is a qualitative quantitative change in distribution. Not in form, not in access, not in media, not in genre. RSS, video in a blog, at the moment is only a delivery mechanism, and I remain frustrated, bemused and surprised at how many people confuse that with a revolution in form, accessibility to media making, media or genre.


To my MySQL troubles. I’ve been able to see that a lot of requests were being made for a blog that was apparently dorman

MySQL Problems

Things have been flicking off and on around here recently. Its an old installation of mysql which has been regularly dropping

Cathy has a blog

Via Mark I have found Cathy Marshall’s blog. Cathy is the hypertext elf. A computer scientist who can write with an élan

Experimentalist in Network Literacies

So, I have students doing individual problem based learning inspired research into Roland Barthes and “From Work to Text

Applied RSS

For those interested, in our second year media program I have students doing very crude research on a single theme (Barthes

A Step

In labsome honours (basically the first iteration of a new way of conceiving honours research in a School of Applied Communication) all of the students are using blogs. We are currently using elgg, largely because it is very simple to use, all pretty much all of the features needed, and I don’t have the chance/opportunity to teach for the sorts of literacies required to get something like WordPress happening properly. So, while catching up after Easter I notice that Kath has got a few comments. Not sure how useful they are to her, and I’m impressed that she’s taken to the dialogue with aplomb. What I’m interested to find out next week is her experience of this. She’s a professional journalist, so I’m intrigued to see what, if any, changes she is experiencing between her professional practice and the blog.


Found this research documentation blog out of InterMedia, Oslo. A research project that is about choreography, dance, documentary, new media and research. This is one of those applied research projects that wants to reimagine research as a practice, which I have a lot of empathy with. Activities that bring research back into actions as a material practice, out of the flatland of the book which too much of the humanities academy has retreated in to.


Well, rained off and on through the Saturday. Though by Sunday it had stopped, with just a grumpy wind to remind us of the sto

A Brazilian

I was interviewed before Easter for a newspaper article in Brazil, Sao Paulo paper I think. Was an awkward interview, long distance phone, me with no Portugese and the journalist with very good english, but probably not quite good enough for the questions he was after. I see that the article is online.